In "Sight Map" Brian Teare blends the speculative poetics of the San Francisco Renaissance with a postconfessional candor to embody the 'open field' tradition of such poets as Robin Blaser and Robert Duncan. Teare provides us with poems that insist on the simultaneous physical embodiment of tactile pleasure - that which is found in the textures of thought and language - as well as the action of syntax. Partly informed by an ecological imagination that leads him back to Emerson and Thoreau, Teare's method and fragmented style are nevertheless up to the moment. Remarkable in its range, "Sight Map" serves at once as a cross-country travelogue, a pilgrim's gnostic progress, an improvised field guide, and a postmodern 'pillowbook', recording the erotic conflation of lover and beloved, deity and doubter.
Brian Teare is the author of the award-winning The Room Where I Was Born, as well as the forthcoming volume Pleasure and two chapbooks. He has received Stegner, National Endowment for the Arts, and MacDowell Colony poetry fellowships.
40:57:54 N/76:54L35 W Emerson Susquehanna To Be Two Lent Prayer As if from Letters of Surveyor Samuel Maclay To Take the House out of Doors 42:53:6 N/71:57:17 W Embodiment Morphology Theory of Trees Spirit Photograph The Word from His Mouth, It Is Perfect Long After Hopkins Pilgrim The ravine a canoe, Errant. A type of spine. Ash, birch, beech, pine. Errant : Reply. As being is to begin. West to dust. To drag about, to torment, to wallow, Devotion, 37:48:9 N/122:15:4 W Sanctuary, Its Root Sanctus Thoreau Etude Genius Loci Abandoned Palinode for the Twenty Suitors of June An Essay to End Pleasure Acknowledgments Notes