The richly imagined fables, vignettes, and prose poems of Flares reveal the elementary strangeness of this world. Here is the improvised travel record of a poet haunted by history, who documents what he discovers in foreign lands with an exacting and hallucinatory eye. Composed in transit, on diplomatic missions to scores of countries, Flares will endure in the reader’s imagination as a series of signals in the night, illuminating the hidden corners of our time here on earth.
Contents In Petra Lodge Gothic Explain Yourself After Visiting the Gorky Institute Venom Flare Roundabout Fall and Recovery In Algiers Fire On the War Between the States Ivory The Pastoral Tradition Market Conditions The Gold Standard In the Galápagos Islands The Monroe Doctrine The Last Supper Juice Oligarchy Nomadic The Afterlife Excavation The Final Act From the Archives Sin Sports The Stage Without Voltage The Orchard The Festival The Brooch The Fish Market in Guangzhou Mirrors Stew Faith The Wedding Home Paprika From the Memory Ward Elevator The Rise On Gnosticism Cheddar Gorge Inventory The Bench Two-Star Hotel Providence Ritual The Crisis Auld Lang Syne Dead Letter The Word In Unison Translation (1) Translation (2) The Zoo Without Objection The Concert The Handkerchief The Odds Genesis Portage The Census Meantime Proverbs (1) Proverbs (2) Hell-bent In the City of K. The Harvest Return Visit Notes for a Dance Stage Presence The Kiss Brick Clay Utopia Lilacs The River
"Merrill is one of the most gifted, audacious, and accomplished poets of an extraordinary rich generation. His range of sympathy, subject, and tone has always been prodigious.” —W. S. Merwin