Tin Can Tourist

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September 2001



A world of history is a world of destinations and possibilities. In Tin Can Tourist Scott Hightower draws from a legacy larger than the limits of personal history, body, and brand. From the harsh Protestant landscape of his native central Texas to the pageantry of the historical architecture of St. Maria in Trastevere, Rome, he persues the limit of the poet. Where exactly does one begin and the world start? Hightower reflects a world containing AIDS and cancer, Caravaggio and van der Werff. Nature, interpersonal relationships, and the culture of the world -- from simple to extraordinary -- are all fair game. His partaking, erotic self, in search of its own truest and most urgent expressions, takes seriously Blake's warning of error that could reduce the human heart to a dull cog of a machine (Blake's exact words are "a mill with complicated wheels".)The breadth and mastery of this awaited debut volume is matched by the poet's insistence on the healing and transforming power of the human imagination. These are not notes from an artless heart -- but observations from a simmering world.


Scott Hightower is contributing editor to The Journal and teaches at Fordham University and New York University.


"The most exciting quality of Hightower's work is its poetic and paradoxical unifying of emotional and intellectual depth with a marvelous quietness. Its lively incidents and anecdotes are grounded, rooted, in meditative awareness." - Marie Ponsot, winner of the 1998 National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry and author of The Bird Catcher
EAN: 9780823221523
ISBN: 0823221520
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: September 2001
Seitenanzahl: 79 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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