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Black Lawrence Press

Sublimation of Frederick Eckert

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Title: Sublimation of Frederick Eckert
Author: Travis Cebula
ISBN: 9781625579829
Publisher: Black Lawrence Press
Published: 2017
Binding: Paperback
Language: English
Condition: Used: Very Good
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Publisher Description:
Poetry. Travis Cebula's THE SUBLIMATION OF FREDERICK ECKERT is a fascinating text that asks the reader to consider how action, and the shadows of action, leave imprints in space. In doing so, Cebula presents a mixture of more traditional narrative, along with splintered, splintering fragments of language that together form a nuanced version of story that questions what it means to be whole, and how we construct, and receive, narrative (and wholeness). There is real sadness in these pages, and even wishful thinking, along with the sublimation promised by the title. There's also penance and forgiveness, and a promise of slightly altered outcomes, if only. As we read Cebula's work, we are 'furled by invitation' 'to the strange we that forms inside.'--Jenny DraiCebula's lines tend to sparkle via mirage like sequence. He animates the atomized personality via THE SUBLIMATION OF FREDERICK ECKERT. In this book he attempts to rise above the magnetic shadow of the city as locus of material debris, always attempting to sublimate its poisonous morality of tedium and its attendant psychic carnage.--Will AlexanderWhat sort of poet takes up--as subject, as symbol, as a way into and through to something else, something larger--a man, an actual historical figure, whose only notable accomplishment in life seems to have been killing himself? Travis Cebula is that poet. His subject, Frederick Eckert, died 85 years ago, the only person ever to have leapt from the 102nd floor of the Empire State Building. THE SUBLIMATION OF FREDERICK ECKERT is an examination, and an investigation, of obsession and delusion as a sort of mystical seeking, as vision or as vision quest. Cebula's Eckert almost certainly comes closer to ecstatic transformation than the original. But then, what's so compelling about this book is that we are made to believe that this imaginative account may well be spot on.--Robert Wrigley