Ozone Journal

Ozone Journal

Book - 2015
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"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 info.
Publisher: Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2015.
ISBN: 9780226207032
Call Number: 811.54 BAL
Characteristics: ix, 82 pages ; 23 cm.


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May 12, 2019

Complex and difficult, challenging.

Oct 04, 2018

This book of poetry is a good read. It involves chronology, travel, and time which is what a poet needs in order to write good poetry.


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