Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations Millennium General Assembly: Poems Collected and New

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Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations Millennium General Assembly: Poems Collected and New

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Publisher: Harpercollins

Publish Date: Apr 1996

ISBN-13: 9780060926960

ISBN-10: 0060926961

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Publisher: Harpercollins
Publish Date: Apr 1996
ISBN-13: 9780060926960
ISBN-10: 0060926961
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 0
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.8
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.75 x 9.0 x 1.0

About the author

Biography of Johnson, Denis

Denis Johnson was born in Munich, Germany in 1949. He was raised in many countries throughout the world before attending college at the University of Iowa. Along with writing several volumes of poetry, Johnson has written short stories for The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, Paris Review, and Best American Short Stories. He has written the novels Resuscitation of a Hanged Man and Already Dead. Johnson was the recipient of an Award for Literature from the American Academy of Arts and the Robert Frost Award.

Johnson has also received fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Whiting Foundation. His novel, Tree of Smoke (2007), won the U.S. National Book Award for Fiction and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Johnson's novel, Train Dreams (2012) received a Pulitzer Prize nomination.

Chapter outline

Quickly Aging Herep. 3
Boy Aged Six Rememberingp. 5
Victoryp. 6
Springp. 7
Why I Might Go to the Next Football Gamep. 8
A Woman Is Walking Alone Late at Nightp. 10
The Dry Dry Land, Herep. 11
The Glimpsed Old Woman in the Supermarketp. 12
Poem Questioning the Existence of the Seap. 13
Telling the Hourp. 15
Retirementp. 17
The Year's First Snowp. 18
On a Busy Street a Man Walks Behind a Womanp. 19
Checking the Trapsp. 21
The Man Among the Sealsp. 23
Crossing Over the Icep. 25
Upon Wakingp. 27
A Child Is Born in the Midwestp. 28
To Enter Againp. 29
Drunk in the Depotp. 31
The Cabinet Memberp. 33
In a Rented Roomp. 34
Driving Toward Winterp. 35
A Poem about Baseballsp. 37
The Woman at the Slot Machinep. 39
The Mourning in the Hallwayp. 40
Out There Where the Morningp. 41
In Praise of Distancesp. 43
A Consequence of Gravityp. 45
For the Death of the Old Womanp. 47
The Man Who Was Killedp. 49
April 20, 1969p. 50
An Evening with the Eveningp. 53
Winterp. 55
Prayer: That We May Be Given This Day the Usual Businessp. 56
The Twop. 58
Looking Out the Window Poemp. 60
There Are Trains Which Will Not Be Missedp. 62
Commutingp. 63
Employment in the Small Bookstorep. 64
Working Outside at Nightp. 66
An Inner Weatherp. 68
The Supermarkets of Los Angelesp. 69
This Is Thursday, Your Exam Was Tuesdayp. 71
Fallingp. 73
Studentsp. 75
What This Window Opens Onp. 77
The Incognito Loungep. 81
White, White Collarsp. 86
Enoughp. 87
Nightp. 88
Heatp. 89
The Boardingp. 90
The Songp. 91
The White Fires of Venusp. 93
Nudep. 96
Vespersp. 99
The Storyp. 100
Surreptitious Kissingp. 102
From a Berkeley Notebookp. 103
On the Olympic Peninsulap. 106
A Womanp. 108
Nowp. 109
Ten Months After Turning Thirtyp. 111
In a Light of Other Livesp. 113
For Janep. 115
Swayp. 116
The Circlep. 117
The Woman in the Moonp. 118
The Flamesp. 120
Minutesp. 122
The Coming of Agep. 124
Youp. 126
Poemp. 127
Radiop. 128
Tomorrowp. 129
The Confession of St. Jim-Ralphp. 130
Passengersp. 138
The Rockefeller Collection of Primitive Artp. 141
Talking Richard Wilson Blues (Richard Clay Wilson)p. 143
The Skewbald Horsep. 146
The Basementp. 151
The Monk's Insomniap. 153
Man Walking to Workp. 155
The Veilp. 156
Gray Day in Miamip. 157
The Other Agep. 158
Killed in the War I Didn't Go Top. 160
The Heavensp. 162
Street Scenep. 163
The Spectaclep. 164
Someone They Aren'tp. 167
The Words of a Toastp. 169
Sonnets Called "On the Sacrednessp. 170
The Prayers of the Insanep. 172
All-Night Dinersp. 173
Behind Our Housep. 176
Travelingp. 177
Red Darknessp. 178
In Palo Altop. 183
Survivorsp. 185
After Mayakovskyp. 186
The Risenp. 187
The Pastp. 188
The Honorp. 190
Poemp. 191
Proposalp. 192
Movie Within a Moviep. 194
Spaceman Tom and Commander Joep. 196
Willits, Californiap. 197
The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations Millennium General Assemblyp. 199
Our Sadnessp. 207
Feetp. 208
Iowa Cityp. 209
Crowp. 210
Californiap. 211
Visitsp. 212
Drinkp. 214
A Saintp. 215
Ulyssesp. 216
Ocean and Wilshirep. 217
Grocery on Venice Beachp. 218
On the Morning of a Weddingp. 220
Blessingp. 221
Orchardp. 222
Where the Failed Gods Are Drinkingp. 224


Review by Library Journal (1995-05-01)

Lately known more for his fiction (Jesus' Son, LJ 2/1/92), Johnson attracted attention in the 1980s for a poetry that depicted a disillusioned America driven to strangeness by media addiction and consumerism, a nation of "Face-owners... impossible to impress, dead inside, Looking for somebody they can trust again, Someone to make them feel betrayed one more time". This awkwardly titled omnibus collects the author's four published poetry collections, adding 16 poems written since The Veil (LJ 7/87). Sleepwalking the same moonlit territory of self-negation and despair opened by Mark Strand three decades ago, Johnson tries to spike the bleakness with complex images ("All night the moon rings like a telephone/in an empty booth above our separateness") that often devolve into confused abstractions.

Where the early work can seem too somber and self-pitying, and the later poems too smug in their formulas, "The Incognito Lounge" and several other pieces still impress with their spectral invention but not sufficiently so to support a retrospective of this size.

-Fred Muratori, Cornell Univ. Lib., Ithaca, N.Y.

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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