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From Conshy: New Apparition Poems: Preface

From Conshy: New Apparition Poems: Preface

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Published by Adam Fieled
This Preface is meant to accompany the second segment of Apparition Poems by Adam Fieled; From Conshy: New Apparition Poems.
This Preface is meant to accompany the second segment of Apparition Poems by Adam Fieled; From Conshy: New Apparition Poems.

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Published by: Adam Fieled on Dec 18, 2013
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From Conshy: New Apparition Poems: Preface
 The motivating idea behind the aesthetic of the first Apparition Poems (Blazevox, 2010) was to represent a sense of multiple meanings and secret passageways behind the  veneer of urban American life during a time of recession. Urban America presents its own peculiar forms of brutishness
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 what I channeled, so to speak, involved physical violence, pornography, and the underside of American popular-artistic imagery. The poems were presented in numbered, rather than titled, form
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 constituent parts of a potentially epic  whole (an epic of fragments, a representatively American epic), which could be construed as autonomous entities or not. I have complex reasons for returning to the Apparition Poem form in 2013
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 the primary reason is that the socio-economic factors which influenced the first book so deeply have themselves deepened and become, however temporarily, ossified.  The West has, indeed, sunken deeper into socio-economic entropy, and correspondingly  American society has grown both less coherent and less cohesive. The second factor which has influenced my decision has to do with my personal backdrop having changed
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 I now reside in the Philadelphia suburb Conshohocken, rather than the city proper. If the Philly burbs are both as compelling as, and distinct from, the city proper, it is because the slower rhythms and general ambience of the suburbs is itself unique and distinct.
Philadelphia’s suburbs are designed not to appear brutish, or pornographic— 
 both the brutishness and the pornography are hidden, waiting to be revealed, beneath a placid
surface. These are themes I assayed in “Cheltenham.” What differentiates this series of  Apparition Poems, both from the original series and from “Cheltenham,” is
maturity towards, and growth of profound, detailed thought from, the terrain of blood, family, lineage, tradition, history, and historical myth, both familial and cultural. It is not exactly my intention to write the epic of my family or family history 
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 but blood and lineage revealed, over long expanses of time, perform their own tricks towards delineating and honing thoughtful consciousness. This Apparition Poems series is meant to maintain, if only intermittently, a personal tone/element. Among the many tasks a steep recession will accomplish, upon whatever populace remains to witness it, is to compel a search for roots,

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