Space, place, narrative in JOHN QUINN’s poetry

ISBN: 978-606-28-1142-6

DOI: https://doi.org/10.5682/9786062811426

Anul publicării: 2020

Editia: I

Pagini: 160

Editura: Universitară

Autor: Florian Andrei Vlad

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Florian Andrei Vlad holds an M.A. in American Studies from the University of Heidelberg and a Ph.D. from “Ovidius” University,
Constanta, in whose Faculty of Letters he has been teaching British and American literature for some time now. His first book-length volume on American fiction, based on his Heidelberg MA thesis, Fictional Americas at War, was published in 2006. After defending his PhD thesis, New Flesh, Old Demons, on representations of contagion in American literature, he went on to co-author a book on British literature - British Gothic and Its Travelling Companions - and one on American 19th century: Literary Selves and Identity Narratives in the First American Century. His latest book is called Rewriting the American Culturescape, published, like his last but one, by Editura Universitara.
 

It is difficult to acknowledge all those who, directly or less so, contributed to the writing of a book, and a thorough record of these people and their influence is almost always incomplete. In this particular case, things are much easier.
Acknowledgments are due to the author of three poetry collections featuring a series of poetic expeditions across the worlds of innocence and experience, in which glimpses of real people in real places and constructed spaces have their ways of intruding. Special acknowledgments are also due to Professor Adina Ciugureanu and Professor Michaela Praisler for reading the manuscript and making valuable comments.
The genesis of these poems links them to places as diverse as Horse Lake and Zigzag Creek, Oregon, sometimes in quest for monsters such as the mythic Ogopogo in Lake Okanagan in the same part of America. Klan Country may be less unspoilt and scenic than the above-mentioned Oregonian sites, but is part of a Trans American journey, and such places as Mala Ivanča, Serbia, Ahwaz, Iran or Mt. Fujimidai, Japan, although scattered over the globe, coexist in John Quinn’s “chronotopic poetic imaginary,” as it were.
The poet has shared his poems with us, but he has also challenged us to explore remote places on our own, once the reading of these poems is done. He invites us to explore the wilderness and its wildlife, in addition to his poetic vision.
This volume focuses on the poems, but the real world the poems evokes can now be experienced more easily than in the past, with online resources providing images, videos and specific information, previously available only in specialized encyclopedias. For this additional invitation, more acknowledgments are also due to John Quinn.
That Kind of Bear / Genul acela de urs is, in a very distinct way, at the beginning of this  comprehensive reading of John Quinn’s poetry. In 2006, a group of academics from Ovidius University undertook to translate a number of the American poet’s pieces, having appeared in a number of journals, such as Wordriver Literary Review, American Literary Review, Gray’s Sporting Journal, Confrontation, Interim, College English, The Nebraska Review, Midwest Arts and Literature, and quite a few more others.
The bilingual title of the collection shows what it is. The volume served as the starting point in the exploration of the previous volume, and the translation of the individual poems by a number of my colleagues (Lucia Opreanu, Ludmila Martanovschi, Ileana Jitaru, Nicoleta Stanca) increased my ability to deal with some of the difficult parts of the texts under examination.
I want to express my gratitude to the poet for a number of things that helped shape this volume, while also acknowledging the importance of the support I got from a very cohesive team of academics: my colleagues from the English unit of the Department of Modern Languages and Communication Sciences, the Faculty of Letters of Ovidius University, Constanta.


ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS/ 9
INTRODUCTION / 11
THE WOLF LAST SEEN
THE LAST CATTLE DRIVE
The Bones of the Men of the Crook County SheepShooters’ Association, R.I.P./ 22
The Wolf Last Seen /27
This Dream of Indians/ 29
Above Walton Store/ 31
Horse Lake Morning/ 34
The Great Log Truck in the Sky / 35
The Trout in Zigzag Creek/ 39
The Dark/40
Canticle for Mike/ 43
In Oregon /44
On the Trail of Ogopogo/ 45
SULLIVAN’S COUSIN
How I Didn’t Become a Farmer / 47
Tapioca/ 48
Stub Yoder /56
Boring, Oregon 97009 / 57
Future Nostalgia/ 59
The Man Who Wanted to Grow Mushrooms / 61
Things I Didn’t Tell Madjid/ 64
Whittling/ 50
Elegy for Bill Whitaker/ 51
Weighmaster/ 52
Rabbit Dances /53
Camouflage in Klan Country / 54
DUST DANCES
Apocalyptic Bricks / 62
Uncertainty/ 65
Epithalamium /66
The Fox/ 68
Living in Ahwaz/ 68
Six Persian Landscapes/ 69
I : Susanguard /70
II : Red Meat / 72
III : Sufi/ 73
IV : Ali Qapu ./ 75
V : Archaeologica Mundi / 78
VI: A Dog on the Road to Abadan/ 79
EASY PIE: AVIAN POEMS
Work at the Rookery / 84
Easy Pie in Dublin / 87
Greystones/ 89
Hooded Crow /90
Collared Dove / 91
Ring-Necked Parakeet /92
Magpie/94
Raven/ 95
Osprey/ 97
G.H. Owl/ 99
Dusky Canadas/ 101
Screech Owl / 103
Mountain Chickadee/ 105
Bamboo Partridge /107
The Japanese Green Pigeon/ 108
Bulbuls / 110
THAT KIND OF BEAR:
GENUL ACELA DE URS
AMBERGRIS/ 113
Turned Ermine /116
Jeff’s Bear Stump / 118
The Pika / 120
Certain Places/121
Santiam Clan’s Tree/ 123
Valley Fog/ 124
PERMAFROST/126
Mendeltna Creek / 126
White Mountain / 128
Spider Hatch /130
Night Skiing / 132
Permafrost/ 133
Glacier Bear / 136
LOVE AMONG THE ANIMALS/ 138
Love Among the Animals/ 138
The Woman I Believe in / 139
Rust in an Old Century / 140
Towns with Brick Hotels / 142
The Brinter’s Hands / 144
Gimme That Old-Time Religion/ 146
Mole Run Metaphysic / 147
What’s Left of Promise /149
The Bison in the Dublin Museum of Natural History /151
POST READING, PURE AND SIMPLE/ 154
BIBLIOGRAPHY / 156
 

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