On Our Shelves Now
"So where are we?" asks Lawrence Joseph in the title poem of his powerful and moving sixth book of poetry. Beginning where his acclaimed collection Into It left off, amid the worldwide violence unleashed by the World Trade Center terrorist attack, Joseph's poems--global and historic in scope--boldly encounter the imaginative challenges of our time: issues of political economy, labor and capital, racism and war, and "the point at which / violence becomes ontology, / these endless ambitious experiments in destruction, / a species grief." Against these realities, Joseph presents an intimate, sensuous language of beauty and love, "a separate / palette kept for each poem," a constant shifting and fluid play of sound and tone. With incisive intensity, intelligence, emotional force, and fierce, uncompromising vision, Joseph speaks from deep within the truths of poetry's common language. So Where Are We? is extraordinary new work from one of our most distinctive poets.
About the Author
Lawrence Joseph is the author of five previous books of poetry, including Into It; Codes, Precepts, Biases, and Taboos: Poems 1973-1993, and Before Our Eyes. He is also the author of two books of prose: Lawyerland, a novel, and The Game Changed: Essays and Other Prose. He is the Tinnelly Professor of Law at St. John's University School of Law, and he has taught creative writing at Princeton. He is married to the painter Nancy Van Goethem and lives in New York City.