Hold Me Tight
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In five poetic sequences, Jason Schneiderman’s Hold Me Tight considers life in a new age of anxiety as technology and violence inform new forms of selfhood and apocalypse seems always around the corner. Starting with a long poem about his own struggle to find peace, the collection is searingly grounded in the personal, anchored to Schneiderman’s own life. The collection moves to a sequence of parables about wolves, which obliquely consider intractable political conflicts and the emotional fallout of relationships that are structured around predators and prey. The next sequences focus on technology and art, looking at how technologies extend the possibilities of the human body, which alters what it means to be human. A long set of poems about Chris Burden explore the artist’s movement from the personal, self-inflicted violence of his early work to the larger questions of political violence that inform his later work. In the final sequence, Schneiderman imagines a series of “last things”—in which finality gives meaning to the people and things in question. In the end, Schneiderman’s project invokes a kind of old fashioned humanism, embracing the ruptures in our contemporary ways of living and thinking.



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Date de parution 26 mai 2020
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EAN13 9781597098304
Langue English
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Jason Schneiderman
Red Hen Press | Pasadena, CA
Hold Me Tight
Copyright 2020 by Jason Schneiderman
All Rights Reserved
No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without the prior written permission of both the publisher and the copyright owner.
Book layout by Wesley Griffith and Sandra Moore
Painting of author by Don Bachardy, courtesy of the artist
Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Names: Schneiderman, Jason, author.
Title: Hold me tight : poems / Jason Schneiderman.
Description: First Edition. | Pasadena, CA : Red Hen Press, [2020]
Identifiers: LCCN 2019055299 | ISBN 9781597098298 (trade paperback) | ISBN 9781597098304 (ebook)
Subjects: LCGFT: Poetry.
Classification: LCC PS3619.C4473 H65 2020 | DDC 811/.6-dc23
LC record available at https://lccn.loc.gov/2019055299
The National Endowment for the Arts, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the Ahmanson Foundation, the Dwight Stuart Youth Fund, the Max Factor Family Foundation, the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Foundation, the Pasadena Arts & Culture Commission and the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division, the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, the Audrey & Sydney Irmas Charitable Foundation, the Kinder Morgan Foundation, the Meta & George Rosenberg Foundation, the Allergan Foundation, the Riordan Foundation, Amazon Literary Partnership, and the Mara W. Breech Foundation partially support Red Hen Press.

First Edition
Published by Red Hen Press
Grateful acknowledgement is made to the editors of the following publications, where many of these poems initially appeared, often in slightly different forms.
The Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day, sugar is smoking ; the American Poetry Review , Peter and the Wolf Orchestra, Scorpion and Wolf, Wolf, Wolf and Fox, Wolves and Sleep ; Bellevue Literary Review , In Memoriam, Fanny Imlay (1794-1816) ; Best American Poetry 2018 , Voxel ; Columbia Journal , Storyteller ; the Cortland Review , Writing About _______ in the Age of Google ; Dark Ink: A Poetry Anthology Inspired by Horror , Little Red Riding Hood , Season 12 ; How Did This Happen?: Poems for the Not So Young Anymore , sugar is smoking ; the Literary Review , Americana, Voxel ; Plume , The Last Mirror, The Last Widow ; Poems in the Aftermath , Anger ; the Poetry Review , The Last Abortion, The Last Baby, The Last Black Hole, The Last Book, The Last Typist ; Resist Much, Obey Little , The Last Form, Rapture ; and S till Life with Poem , selections from The Chris Burden Suite.
II. The Book of Wolves
Scorpion and Wolf
Peter and the Wolf Orchestra
Parable of the Wolves (ii)
Parable of the Wolves (i)
Little Red Riding Hood , Season 12
Wolves and Sleep
Little Red Riding Wolf
Parable of the Wolves (iii)
III. The Chris Burden Suite
The Chris Burden Suite
1. Velvet Water (1974)
3. A brief essay outlining my objections to movements that attempt to collapse (or by collapsing, discover) the boundaries between life and art.
6. All the Submarines of the United States of America, 1987
7. All the Submarines of the United States of America, 1987
8. Shoot, 1971
OK, Earth.
Writing About _______ in The Age of Google
In Memoriam, Fanny Imlay (1794-1816)
sugar is smoking
V. The Book of Lasts
The Last Book
The Last Widow
The Last Mirror
The Last Baby
The Last Form
The Last Abortion
The Last Typist
The Last Ace of Base Enthusiast
The Last War
The Last Black Hole

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