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Provoked in Venice: The Rider Quintet, vol. 3 (Wesleyan Poetry) [Paperback]

By Mark Rudman (Author)
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Pages   212
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.9" Width: 5.43" Height: 0.71"
Weight:   0.66 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 9, 1999
Publisher   Wesleyan
ISBN  0819563544  
EAN  9780819563545  

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In these powerfully conceived and understated poems, Mark Rudman asks how culture is created and shared, and how historical events and figures are known through direct experiences of place. The title Provoked in Venice alludes to the structure of the book, wherein a trip to Italy becomes the catalyst for a meditative view of the convergence of imagination, history, and the 20th-century attempt to recover them both. The narrator enters the maze of Venice like a contemporary Dante guided only by the voice of the "rider"-interlocuter. Rich in allusions to literature, film, and the past, this final volume of the trilogy will engage and sustain all mental travelers.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Mark Rudman is Adjunct Professor at New York University and recently received fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. His many books include Sundays on the Phone (Wesleyan University Press, 2005) and The Couple (Wesleyan University Press, 2002). His trilogy (Provoked in Venice (Wesleyan University Press, 1999), The Millennium Hotel (Wesleyan University Press, 1996), Rider (Wesleyan University Press, 1994)) has been seen as a twentieth century The Prelude.

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Disappointing  Jul 22, 2004
I only bought this book because it was required for a course I was enrolled in and which Rudman taught. Like Provoked In Venice, the course and instructor were insufferable. Save your money for something worth your time and attention.
...a shame it didn't win the Pulitzer last year.  Mar 19, 2001
One should do himself/herself a favor and read PROVOKED IN VENICE, the third installment of Mark Rudman's exceptional and audacious trilogy. One finds deft lyrical poems distinguished not only as fine parts collected in the whole of a book, but also for their thematic progression that affords an extremely rewarding read. This is a book rich in allusion and cultural reference, but is ultimately marked by the elementary capacity to learn through experience. An extremely capable book that deserves reading after reading...a shame it didn't win the Pulitzer last year.
Provoked to read more  Mar 17, 2001
I'm going to have to contest that as large as this book is, it seems a little moronic to try and sum it up in a one-sentence review, somewhat wittily titled. That is why I didn't find what was on this page, review-wise, "helpful." Mark Rudman's book is exploratory, an array of forms, and of the voices heard in them. You get the feeling you've never heard ideas before in a poem, then you realize you've never heard ideas expressed like this in a poem. As much as is implicit in Hart Crane is found here in dialogue, as much as Robert Lowell chisels, Mark Rudman pieces together. "Venice is a mystery beyond any solution," is only one of the epigrams you can pull out of "Provoked..." if you just pass through it, and admire for being succinct, yet broad enough to suggest the intuitive grasp behind the rest of the book's inquisitions. Altogether I wouldn't give "Provoked" five stars because it suggests, as great works should, some feeling...that there's more.
I was provoked to put it down  Jan 13, 2000
Mark Rudman's poetry is very distant. Whenever I read his poems I feel like he's keeping something very important from me, like the point.

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