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Provoked in Venice

The Rider Quintet, vol. 3

The remarkable third volume in a trilogy that includes the award-winning Rider and Millennium Hotel.

In these powerfully conceived and understated poems, Mark Rudman asks how culture is created and shared, and how historical events and figures are known through direct experiences of place. The title Provoked in Venice alludes to the structure of the book, wherein a trip to Italy becomes the catalyst for a meditative view of the convergence of imagination, history, and the 20th-century attempt to recover them both. The narrator enters the maze of Venice like a contemporary Dante guided only by the voice of the "rider"-interlocuter. Rich in allusions to literature, film, and the past, this final volume of the trilogy will engage and sustain all mental travelers.

About the Author

Poet, essayist, and translator, MARK RUDMAN's recent books include Millennium Hotel (1996), Realm of Unknowing (1995), Rider (1994, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry), all published by Wesleyan, and a translation of Euripides' Daughters of Troy (1998).

Reviews

"This last installment of a trilogy, and Rudman's fifth collection of poems, is a fast-paced, confident, insistently secular synthesis of autobiography with the chaos of urban life in contemporary Italy...Rudman reserves most of his poetic energy for the book's dominant theme, Venice, where 'everything is swirling' and 'what cannot be effaced, erased, or reproduced, is experience.'...His own experience allows a boarder perspective on the city-perhaps the next best thing to being there."—Publishers Weekly

Endorsements

"Since Byron, many poets have been 'provoked' into poetry by Venice; and, since Pound, that provocation has proved to be particularly fruitful for American poets. Provoked in Venice makes a rich, and distinctively personal, addition to this tradition. Rudman's Venice becomes a site where meditations on the formings and fadings of old-world cultures mingle with American memories and autobiographical details. The result is, exactly, not ordinary. As he writes: 'Nothing / normalissimo about Venice / Venice is—anti-simile. It isn't like any other / place.' And Rudman's poem isn't like any other poem."—Tony Tanner
Wesleyan University Press

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