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The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations Millennium General Assembly: Poems Collected and New

 
 
 
 
The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations Millennium General Assembly: Poems Collected and New
Author: Denis Johnson
ISBN 13: 9780060926960
ISBN 10: 60926961
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: 1996-04-12
Format: Paperback
Pages: 240
List Price: $14.99
 
 

From the award-winning poet and novelist—a must-have collection of his four previous books of poetry plus a selection of new, unpublished work.

Library Journal

Lately known more for his fiction (Jesus' Son, LJ 2/1/92), Johnson attracted attention in the 1980s for a poetry that depicted a disillusioned America driven to strangeness by media addiction and consumerism, a nation of "Face-owners... impossible to impress, dead inside,/ Looking for somebody they can trust again,/Someone to make them feel betrayed one more time." This awkwardly titled omnibus collects the author's four published poetry collections, adding 16 poems written since The Veil (LJ 7/87). Sleepwalking the same moonlit territory of self-negation and despair opened by Mark Strand three decades ago, Johnson tries to spike the bleakness with complex images ("All night the moon rings like a telephone/in an empty booth above our separateness") that often devolve into confused abstractions. Where the early work can seem too somber and self-pitying, and the later poems too smug in their formulas, "The Incognito Lounge" and several other pieces still impress with their spectral invention but not sufficiently so to support a retrospective of this size.-Fred Muratori, Cornell Univ. Lib., Ithaca, N.Y.