Norman Finkelstein: Track
Published 15 May 2012
Paperback, 310pp, 9x6 ins, £14.95 / $23
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Read a review at The Volta here.
Track is a book-length poem, originally released in the USA in 3 volumes by Spuyten Divil. Praise for the work includes:
"Norman Finkelstein's Track undertakes a voyage beset by recombinatory duress. An excursis through realms where "the letters / arrive to be destroyed," this wickedly wise poem keeps on arriving long after it's done—a lingering trade or track of mind in mind, trouble in mind. It is a beautiful, beguiling book of unrest." —Nathaniel Mackey
Track beautifully reminds us that pain and uncertainty are 'to be exchanged for music'. This is a haunting 'broken crown' of a poem in which language's power to name transmutes loss simultaneously into celebration and epiphany.
"The cumulative sense and soul of so many passages ventured, so many thresholds crossed, shed a perfect radiance. In Track, the light is solid." —Donald Revell
"Paradise is the track we're following in this poem, the spoor we're on, the prey we're tracking. . . . Finkelstein has created an amazing new kind of poem: as tensile as it is frangible, as spiritually reviving as it is philosophically zeroing."
"Track enacts what it is haunted by, casting spells because it remains under spells, as is all writing which finds itself too late for a ruined past, too early for a promised future."
"No contemporary figure's life project more avidly scours the borders between heaven and earth, doctrine and faith, the metaphysical inside the physical spaces of a Word, than poet/critic's Norman Finkelstein." —Claudia Keelan
"The darkness is indeed all around us here—in the vibrating, buzzing confusion of a media society, in the still jarring echoes of the Holocaust, and in the chilly 'space evacuated / by a retreating deity.' But Track, with its impressive array of forms, tones, and voices, excavates an exhilarating variety of paths through that darkness . . . Following them, we may not see precisely where the paths are leading, but we know we're getting somewhere." —Mark Scroggins
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