Ozone journal / Peter Balakian.Material type: TextSeries: Phoenix poets: Publisher: Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, Description: ix, 82 pages ; 23 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeSubject(s): Syria -- Poetry | Syria | SyriaGenre/Form: Poetry. | Poetry. | Poetry. | Poetry.Additional physical formats: ebook version:: No titleDDC classification: 811/.54 Other classification: POE005010
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Includes bibliographical references.
One. Name and place -- Pueblo 1, New Mexico -- Pueblo 2, New Mexico -- Pueblo, Christmas dance -- Joe Louis's fist -- Hart Crane in LA, 1927 -- Providence/Teheran, '79 -- Warhol/Mao, '72 -- Baseball days, '61 -- Two. Ozone journal -- Three. Here and now -- Slum drummers, Nairobi -- Leaving Aleppo -- Near the border -- Finches -- Silk road -- Home.
"A sequel of sorts to "Ziggurat," published in the Phoenix Poets series in 2010, the title poem from "Ozone Journal" recounts the memory of the speaker's excavating the bones of Armenian genocide victims in the Syrian desert with a TV journalist crew in 2009. The speaker "dreams back," as it were, to the 1980s, when, as a young man in his thirties and caring for a young daughter after a recent divorce, he is having to juggle both personal and cultural/historical complexities living as a single parent in Manhattan. The poems create a montage that has the feel of history as lived experience, with the speaker struggling with the nature of memory as the poems move constantly back and forth to the Syrian desert, the dissolution of his marriage, visits and conversations with a cousin dying of AIDS, and encounters with famous jazz producers at Columbia Records to discuss music. In this book, Peter Balakian aims at the bigger picture of humanity's history of atrocity and trauma, but through short vignettes grounded in everyday situations, and in particular times and places"--Publisher's description.
Pulitzer Prize, Poetry, 2016