On Walking On

On Walking On On Walking On looks outward onto or rather walks through the work of various writers for whom walking was or is an important element of daily life The number of writers who were or are serious walker

  • Title: On Walking On
  • Author: Cole Swensen
  • ISBN: 9781937658663
  • Page: 326
  • Format: Paperback
  • On Walking On looks outward onto or rather, walks through the work of various writers for whom walking was or is an important element of daily life The number of writers who were or are serious walkers is striking, and the connection goes back to antiquity, recently including Woolf, Nerval, Sand, Debord, Sebald, and many others.

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    1. The prose poem "Schelle" (p. 65)Karl Gottlob Schelle didn't leave it to chance. In his Dei Spaziergange he detailsthe precise conditions for a successful stroll: when in public, the path must be neithernarrow nor broad and the public itself neither numerous nor sparse, for -- for himtoo -- it all boils down to a matter of faces -- if there are too few, you find yourselfreading every one; if there are too many, you're overwhelmed. And the third rule: you must alternate between the rural and the u [...]

    2. These poems tried too hard to be inventive and missed the mark. With the exception of a few gems, the collection's overall syntax, mixing of tenses, random placement of subjects, and lack of lyricism is off-putting and disappointing. Nothing has more potential for poignant, fresh imagery than a book on the symbolism and experience of walking, but the mixture of syntax and diction cut off power to vivify. The unnecessarily disjointed sentence structure only caused confusion and missed the opportu [...]

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