I Wish I Had a Heart Like Yours, Walt Whitman - download pdf or read online

By Jude Nutter

ISBN-10: 0268036632

ISBN-13: 9780268036638

In "Return of the Heroes," Walt Whitman refers back to the casualties of the yankee Civil conflict: "the lifeless to me mar now not. . . . / they healthy rather well within the panorama below the timber and grass. . . ." In her new poetry assortment, Jude Nutter demanding situations Whitman's assertion by way of exploring her personal responses to struggle and clash and, in a voice by way of turns rueful, dolorous, and imagistic, finds why she can't agree. Nutter, who was once born in England and grew up in Germany, has a visceral experience of historical past as a continuing, violent significant other. Drawing on a variety of locales and ancient moments—among them Rwanda, Sarajevo, Nagasaki, and either global wars—she replays the war of words of private heritage colliding with background as a social, political, and cultural strength. in lots of of the poems, this disagreement is known throughout the shift from adolescence innocence and magical pondering to grownup know-how and guilt. Nutter responds to Whitman from one other point of view in addition. It used to be Whitman who wrote that he may well stay with animals simply because, between different issues, they're placid, self-contained, and guiltless. As counterpoint, Nutter weaves a chain of animal poems—a type of own bestiary—throughout the gathering that finds the tragedy and violence additionally inherent within the lives of animals. right here, as in a lot of Nutter's earlier paintings, the bounds among the animal and human worlds are permeable; the pressing voice of the poet insists we realize that "Even from a distance, ache / is suffering." this is either acknowledgment and problem: distance can be measured by way of time, tradition, or position, or it can be attributable to the distance among animals and people, however it is our accountability to talk opposed to atrocity and bloodshed, even though unvoiced we may possibly feel.

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