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Summary ñ We Don't Know We Don't Know 109 Winner of the 2008 Katharine Bakeless Nason Prize for Poetry Nick Lantz's poems introduce a startling new voice Taking its title from a dodging statement from former secretary of defense Donald Rumsfeld We Don’t Know We Don’t Know assesses what it means to claim new knowledge within a culture that professes to. Clever but conventionalA majority of poetry books coming out of the American academic creative writing establishment seem to fall into one of two categories One comprises books in the now standard confessional mode embodying a usually disjointed and often obscure narrative of coping with the grievous and dysfunctional aspects of an individual life A second smaller category try to break from this pattern but paradoxically the method of breaking away usually has its own hardly less rigid rules establish an overall framework dividing the work into 3 to 5 sections find as a continual motif some allusions often for instance uotes from types of writing sharply different from the book itself to use as an ironic frame and adopt a combination of standard reflective styles of poetic discourse with some contrasting innovate rhetorical forms the whole decked out with the usual creative writing kit of verse gimmicks The confessional element is often present to a greater or lesser extent also in this second category of books We Don t Know We Don t Know falls pretty clearly into the second category The ironic frame is provided by uotes drawn from Pliny and Donald Rumsfeld the latter I think an unfortunate choice who will remember him twenty years from now the sections are named after variations on Rumsfeld s notorious babble about known unknown knowns conventional W C Williams like stanzaic variable lines alternate with tighter uasi syllabic lines both mostly presenting reflective discourse but with other poems spicing things up a bit by employing less usual rhetorical strategies such as long catalogues beginning with the same phrase and a subset of confessional material all decked out with many workshop techniues like extra blank spaces within lines and line breaks which ought to have a gold star pasted on themIn short a conventionally unconventional I know I sound like Rumsfeld book of verse Within these limits it s not a bad book the verse is lucid and sometimes very clever the confessional material less operatically anguished than in many current poetry collections and the verse gimmicks less prominent though still employed enough to generate some irritation in at least one reader So three stars meaning if you like the sort of book I ve described I think you ll find this is one of the better ones of that sort

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Summary ñ We Don't Know We Don't Know 109 Know everything already The result is a poetry that upends the deeply and dangerously assumed concepts of such a culture that new knowledge is always better knowledge that history is a steady progress that humans are in control of the natural order Nick Lantz’s poems hurtle through time from ancient theories of. Interesting to read this book after the Bush Administration has given way to the current one There s something uaintly amusing about the Donald Rumsfeld epigraphs throughout the book eg I would not say that the future is necessarily less predictable than the past I think the past was not predictable when it started I suppose at the time of its publication 2010 the use of Donald Rumsfeld s doublespeak as an organizing principle seemed a bit outdated Linda Gregerson suggests as much in her introduction New leadership and a cathartic election have restored some of our immediate hopes for America But hope is not the work of a moment Lantz has his eye on the long haul how deeply how steadily we must probe the fonts of feeling and thought if we are to address the afflictions that all too chronically ail usNow that the federal pendulum has swung way way back to the right one hears in the Rumsfeld uotations the current administration s dissembling justifications of the abhorrent conditions in immigrant detention centers or the notorious alternative facts Sadly the book s treatment of weaponized misinformation is relevant than everThe individual poems execution isn t always as interesting and important as the book s concept Most of the poems are good musical surprising funny full of interesting information or faux information 40% of all births are accidental 10% of all accidents are births But in light of the current political climate I found myself wanting the poems to be a little savage in their attack on the poisoners of language

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Summary ñ We Don't Know We Don't Know 109 Physics to the CIA training manual for the practice of torture from the history of the uestion mark to the would be masterpieces left incomplete by the deaths of Leonardo da Vinci Nikolai Gogol Bruce Lee and Jimi Hendrix Selected by Linda Gregerson for the esteemed Bakeless Prize for Poetry We Don’t Know We Don?. Really enjoyed this Lantz really gets a lot of mileage out of juxtaposing Donald Rumsfeld and Pliny the Elder two humans who you d think have nothing to do with each other You re reading this description right now and thinking it must be a joke of a book but there s an unexpected lot of emotional resonance here as Lantz also somehow works in the narrator s mother s illness as a recurring theme My favorite piece is probably the Notes at the end but you really have to read the whole book to get there It s worth doing

  • Paperback
  • 76
  • We Don't Know We Don't Know
  • Nick Lantz
  • English
  • 19 May 2018
  • 9781555975524