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by T. R. Hummer

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  • ISBN 0807126683
  • ISBN13 978-0807126684
  • Language English
  • Author T. R. Hummer
  • Publisher Louisiana State Univ Pr (October 1, 2001)
  • Pages 96
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  • Category Fiction
  • Subcategory Poetry
  • Size ePub 1739 kb
  • Size Fb2 1838 kb
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USELESS VIRTUES, T. R. Hummer's seventh book of poetry, is a wide-ranging series of forays into metaphysical territory. Its presiding inquiry concerns the dependency of our consciousness and our spirit on the untrustworthy powers of language. How often and how deeply is our faith--in words, if not in gods--misplaced, destructive, glorious, redemptive? How can we know? This powerful collection is fueled by the desire to answer these impossible, indispensable questions.

The centerpiece of the book, Axis, takes as its terrain the thought of Martin Heidegger, and through this brilliant and controversial figure the nature of identity, of humanity, is contemplated. The poem is, finally, a lyrical farewell to the poet's father and to his generation--the generation for which World War II was the great defining destiny--and hence to that century we called 19.

In these poems we find the almost sensual allure of direst possibility. From a woman who, during lovemaking, envisions strangling her lover, to a Pernod drinker whose dark imaginings recall the absinthe addicts of an earlier era--mortality and loss, as well as human failing, are hovering presences.

Philosophic and searching, traditional yet bold, USELESS VIRTURES is the work of a master poet at his best.


Useless Virtues, T. R. Hummer's seventh book of poetry, is a wide-ranging series of forays into metaphysical territory. How often and how deeply is our faith - in words.

Useless Virtues, T.

Useless Virtues book. Useless Virtues: Poems (Southern Messenger Poets). With his collection's title, Useless Virtues, . Hummer immediately signals to the reader that his poetic landscape is paradox and anxiety. 0807126691 (ISBN13: 9780807126691). However, Hummer's collection is not another catalogue of ironies - though they do exist - but rather a platform for fierce questioning by the poet. The questions may be unanswerable, but they are always posed with intelligence, and often, severity. How often and how deeply is our faith - in words, if not in gods - misplaced, destructive, glorious, redemptive?

In a work of startling originality, the .

Only 1 left in stock (more on the way). In a work of startling originality, the . Relentless in its stalking of the boundary between being and nonbeing, Hummer's work becomes a tour-de-force that shines a spotlight into dark corners of Being, revealing yet more darkness.

Useless Virtues: Poems (Southern Messenger Poets). Hummer’s Eon shows he’s a master not just of form, these painstaking precise enjambments, but of attention to the past, which is really a reluctance to say goodbye to the world. There’s a construction of his subjects: murder, love, elegies for artists, writers, musicians, and family; but also the falling apart of these subjects.

Poems by T. Hummer. Useless Virtues, Louisiana State University Press, 2001.

Hummer was born in 1950 in Macon, Mississippi. Poems by T. Shackleton's Biscuit. The Infinity Sessions, Louisiana State University Press, 2005. Ephemeron: Poems, Louisiana State University Press, 2011.

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Louisiana State University Press. ISBN 978-0-8071-2669-1. The Infinity Sessions: Poems. Southern Messenger Poets. ISBN 978-0-8071-3066-7. ISBN 978-0-8071-3987-5. ISBN 978-0-8071-5741-1. Archived from the original on 2011-07-17. Retrieved 2011-05-28. "T. Hummer, Poet from Macon, Mississippi".

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