Joseph Campana The Book Of Faces

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The Book Of Faces

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An extraordinary debut taking Audrey Hepburn as the Muse for a series of meditations on the seductions of screen and stage. Campana's poems are haunted by Hepburn, her leading men and a fascinating array of literary spectres - Catullus, Petrarch, Chaucer, Spencer, Foucault and Barthes. His writing blurs surfaces of prose and poetry, mingling the two until each wears the other's face. This is startling writing, fine and beautifully complex.

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"Joseph Campana's The Book of Faces is an extraordinary debut. Audrey Hepburn (yes) is the muse and channel for his meditations on the seductions of the screen and page, the Bright Lady of his sonnets, the star and spirit who 'drags / the miracle vapor forth.' His poems-lovely, witty, sincere or cynical things--are haunted both by Hepburn (and her leading men) and by a fascinating array of literary specters: Catullus, Petrarch, Chaucer, Spenser, Foucault, Barthes. At times, the surface blurs till poetry wears the austere face of prose, and prose assumes the oblique face of poetry. The vocabulary is disarmingly simple, but the syntax is refracted and compressed in beautifully riddling ways. 'Fix me a you comfort in darkness . . .' Campana writes, and we can imagine the nectar power of that 'you comfort, ' that cocktail. The Book of Faces is not the expected fare but something finer, more provocative, enchanting and rich." --Alice Fulton

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Superbly original poetic meditations with Audrey Hepburn as their glowing muse. A startlingly original debut collection of poetry from lecturer and critic Joseph Campana, in which public icons and the language of private devotion meld to form a new beauty. Unexpected, provocative, enchanting, rich: these are the poems of Joseph Campana, an extraordinary new poetic voice. Audrey Hepburn is the muse and channel for his meditations on the seductions of screen and page, the titillations of stardom, fashion, fame and fortune: his poems are haunted by Hepburn and her leading men, thronged with a surprising array of literary spectres and packed with deliciously refracting syntax in a disarmingly simple vocabulary. Catullus; Petrarch; Chaucer; Spenser; Foucault; Barthes: all twinkle knowingly in the corridors of poetry and prose - poetry at times blurring into the austere face of prose, prose assuming the oblique face of poetry. Simple and beautifully riddling; gorged with meaning and clear as shining haiku, Campana's debut collection is a magnificent and enthralling achievement.

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