Republic Café
96 pages, 6 x 9
Hardcover
Release Date:01 Feb 2019
ISBN:9780295744537
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Republic Café

University of Washington Press

Inspired by Alain Resnais’s Hiroshima, Mon Amour, and sharing the spirit of Tomas Transtromer’s Baltics and Yehuda Amichai’s Time, Republic Café is a tally of what appears and disappears in every moment. Mindful of epigenetic experience as our bodies become living vessels for history’s tragedies, David Biespiel praises not only the essentialness of our human memory, but also the sanctity of our flawed, human forgetting.

A single sequence, arranged in fifty-four numbered sections, Republic Café details the experience of lovers in Portland, Oregon, on the eve and days following September 11, 2001. To touch a loved one’s bare skin, even in the midst of great tragedy, is simultaneously an act of remembering and forgetting. Republic Café is a tale of love and darkness, a magical portrait of the writer as a moral and imaginative participant in the political life of his nation.

RELATED TOPICS: Literature, Poetry
David Biespiel is a poet, critic, memoirist, and contributing to writer to American Poetry Review, New RepublicNew York Times, Poetry, Politico, The Rumpus, and Slate.
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