The Afterlife of Objects (Phoenix Poets) (Hardcover)

By Dan Chiasson

University of Chicago Press, 9780226103778, 64pp.

Publication Date: October 15, 2002

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Both intensely personal and deeply rooted in recognizable events of personal, familial, or national significance, The Afterlife of Objects is a kind of dreamed autobiography. With poise and skill, Dan Chiasson divulges the enigmas of the mind of not just one individual but of an entire social world through a beautifully constructed poetic voice that issues from a kind of mythic childhood of our collective, tortured humanity. This sophisticated debut collection offers deceptively simple poems that evoke highly complex states of mind with a voice that has long been listening to the discordant music of contemporary life.

About the Author

Dan Chiasson is an assistant professor of English at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His poems have appeared in magazines such as Paris Review, Ploughshares Slate, Threepenny Review, and Partisian Review. He was named "Debut Poet" by the New Yorker in 2001.

Praise For The Afterlife of Objects (Phoenix Poets)

“Chiasson is a poet of dazzling intellectual resources and unmatched sophistication. His temperament is rapacious, wily; his ear quick; his range of reference memorable, in part for the casual ease of its uses. . . . [He] is uniquely a poet for whom hiddenness is a profound psychic truth, a poet for whom guardedness corresponds to rather than precludes inwardness.”

— Threepenny Review

"A superb first book of poems. The Afterlife of Objects is a book of interventions and reckonings. It is intensely personal, but in a way that widens the space for our own reveries, our own re-imaginings. It invites us to imagine ourselves back into the selves--the worlds--we inherited."

— Edward Hirsch