Signs is a noun (as in DO NOT DISTURB);Wonders (as in "with furrowed brows"), a verb.
The couplet that leads into Charles Martin's fifth collection of richly inventive poems suggests that the world is to be read into and wondered over. The signs in this new work from the prize-winning American poet of formal brilliance and darkly comic sensibility are as stark as the one on a cage at the zoo that says ENDANGERED SPECIES, as surprising as those that announce the return of irony, and as enigmatic as a single word carved on a tombstone. Renowned for his translations of Ovid's Metamorphoses and the poems of Catullus, Martin brings the perspective of history to bear on the stuff of contemporary life.
Two of Charles Martin's earlier collections of poetry, What the Darkness Proposes and Steal the Bacon, were published by Johns Hopkins, as was his translation, The Poems of Catullus. In 2005 he received an Award for Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Directions for AssemblyI. The Life in LettersThe Flower ThiefSouvenirSome Kind of HappinessThe Sacred MonstersWords to Utter at NightfallMind in the TreesAutopsychographySupportEast Side, West Side1. Vermeer at the Frick: His Mistress and Maid2. John Koch at the New-York Historical Society: The PartyTo HimselfBrooklyn in the SeventiesThis Organizing SolitudeThis Organizing SolitudeTheory VictoriousII. Some RomansOn a Roman Perfume BottleAva PacisOvid to His BookThree Sonnets from the Romanesco of G.G. Belli1. The Good Soldiers2. The Spaniard3. The Coffee House PhilosopherIII. Near Jeffrey's HookThe Twentieth Century in PhotographsPoem for the MillenniumWho Knows What's Best?Getting CardedFor the End of the Age of IronyNear Jeffrey's HookForebodingAfter 9/11After Wang WeiPoisonAcknowledgments