Traveling in Notions
The Stories of Gordon Penn : Poems
Penn's "notions" are attempts at discovering some homeostasis, some sense of home, or, at least, some hope amid the static of a time-management consultant's radio broadcast, the months' accumulation of charitable letters, and the captivities of zoos, bodies, aging, and loneliness. His unorthodox contemplations extend beyond meditation toward mediation, toward some means by which a person might settle oneself in the unsettled circumstances that he or she can neither welcome nor wage against alone.
About the Author
"In an unsentimental depiction of this Traveller in Notions who 'never considered himself an expert / on anything but his few lines,' we have a rare and affectingly humble representation—and celebration—of the poet. With this fine book, Michael Rosen forces us to reexamine our 'notions' of what poetry can and should do. He clearly achieves his hero's desire 'to steal something that he alone might claim / from the wilderness of grown-up things.' Though it seems so very unpretentious, it is an unusual and worthy achievement, as is his ability to make us believe, with Penn, in spite of so much evidence to the contrary, that 'Hope springs—. It just does."—Jacqueline Osherow
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