Caligulan

  • Title: Caligulan
  • Author: ErnestHilbert
  • ISBN: 9781939574138
  • Page: 452
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Caligulan Ernest Hilbert s newest poetry collection Caligulan is heartrending and humorous filled with love songs and requiems meditations and memorials as the poet imagines the ghost of the ruthless Roman
    Ernest Hilbert s newest poetry collection, Caligulan is heartrending and humorous, filled with love songs and requiems, meditations and memorials, as the poet imagines the ghost of the ruthless Roman emperor Caligula who ruled over a pagan empire as prosperous as it was unaccountably cruel looming over modern America, pronouncing his infamous commandment that his victims bErnest Hilbert s newest poetry collection, Caligulan is heartrending and humorous, filled with love songs and requiems, meditations and memorials, as the poet imagines the ghost of the ruthless Roman emperor Caligula who ruled over a pagan empire as prosperous as it was unaccountably cruel looming over modern America, pronouncing his infamous commandment that his victims be killed slowly, so that they know they are dying Caligulan is at once terrifying and touching, a book haunted by the poet s many affections and angers, its poems animated by horror films and science fiction novels, heavy metal and opera, remote wilderness and ruined cities Leaving behind the experimental sonnet forms he pioneered in his earlier books, Sixty Sonnets and All of You on the Good Earth, Hilbert delivers a chorus of poems that are conversational yet bizarre, stormy and surreal yet dexterously accomplished brash, abrupt, and sometimes scathingly sarcastic In four chapters of fourteen poems each, Hilbert leads the reader through modern America s triumphs and tragedies, elusive consolations and primeval horrors, all the while telling jokes, posing questions, and sounding warnings of things to come Caligulan is a masterful new collection from a commanding and original poetic voice.

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    1. Ernest Hilbert s debut poetry collection Sixty Sonnets 2009 was described by X.J Kennedy as maybe the most arresting sequence we have had since John Berryman checked out of America His second collection, All of You on the Good Earth 2013 , has been hailed as a wonder of a book, original and essential, an example of sheer mastery of poetic form, containing some of the most elegant poems in American literature since the loss of Anthony Hecht His third collection, Caligulan 2015 , has been called brutal yet beautiful, defined by pleasure, clarity, and discipline, tough minded and precise, filled with a stern, witty, and often poignant music, a page turner in a way most poetry books can never be His poems have appeared in Yale Review, American Poetry Review, Harvard Review, Parnassus, Sewanee Review, Hudson Review, Boston Review, Verse, New Criterion, The New Republic, American Scholar, Hopkins Review, Oxonian Review, and the London Review, as well as several anthologies, including the Swallow Anthology of New American Poets 2009 and two Penguin classroom anthologies, Poetry and Literature both 2011 He graduated with a doctorate in English Language and Literature from Oxford University, where he edited the Oxford Quarterly He later served as poetry editor of Random House s magazine Bold Type and editor of Contemporary Poetry Review.Hilbert supplies opera libretti and song lyrics for contemporary composers Stella Sung, Daniel Felsenfeld, and Christopher LaRosa Hilbert is as a senior literature specialist at Bauman Rare Books in Philadelphia, where he lives with his wife, Keeper of the Mediterranean Section at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, and their son, Ian, who was born in December 2015.


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    1. This book is a departure from Hilbert's first two marvelous collections: "Sixty Sonnets" and "All Of You On The Good Earth." He has forsaken the modified sonnet form at which he is such a contemporary master of, and yet this is still Ernest Hilbert.which means in "Caligulan" one still finds him exhibiting his expert rhyming skills, wide-ranging (& often darkly humorous) observations, and sharp-eyed, rhythmic lines. While the poems here are set in a general context of menace and disaster, one [...]

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    2. If you think poetry in rhyme and meter belongs to an elevated, Apollonian world that's not where you live, think again. This is the genuine daily article in all its complications--and its latter-day depressive reality--and you'll be in sympathy with it.

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