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Sight Map

Poems (New California Poetry #26)

Brian Teare


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In Sight Map Brian Teare blends the speculative poetics of the San Francisco Renaissance with a postconfessional candor to embody the "open field" tradition of such poets as Robin Blaser and Robert Duncan. Teare provides us with poems that insist on the simultaneous physical embodiment of tactile pleasure—that which is found in the textures of thought and language—as well as the action of syntax. Partly informed by an ecological imagination that leads him back to Emerson and Thoreau, Teare's method and fragmented style are nevertheless up to the moment. Remarkable in its range, Sight Map serves at once as a cross-country travelogue, a pilgrim's gnostic progress, an improvised field guide, and a postmodern "pillowbook," recording the erotic conflation of lover and beloved, deity and doubter.

Praise For Sight Map: Poems (New California Poetry #26)

“[It] leaves a reader awestruck. The volume encourages hope that a new poetry can emerge from the rubble of postmodernism. . . . The book becomes a guidebook to the past and present sources that contemporary poets have to sift through, an excavation and re-forming of our roots.”

— Rumpus

“One of the best poetry books I’ve read in many years. This volume leaves you breathless with its force of method and style--a ravishing field guide that takes the love poem to entirely new terrain.”

— Minneapolis City Pages

“Pleasure, sonic, linguistic, natural, sexual, and sinful fill this book. Read it for this. Take pleasure in [these] poems.”

— Charles Malone

University of California Press, 9780520258761, 96pp.

Publication Date: March 2, 2009

About the Author

Brian Teare is the author of the award-winning The Room Where I Was Born, as well as the forthcoming volume Pleasure and two chapbooks. He has received Stegner, National Endowment for the Arts, and MacDowell Colony poetry fellowships.