The Cosmic Purr

Aaron Poochigian CharlesMartin

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The Cosmic Purr

The Cosmic Purr The Cosmic Purr is the first collection of original poetry from Aaron Poochigian well known for his translations of Sappho Aeschylus Aratus and Apollonius of Rhodes From the mythical to everyday th

  • Title: The Cosmic Purr
  • Author: Aaron Poochigian CharlesMartin
  • ISBN: 9780987870520
  • Page: 476
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Cosmic Purr is the first collection of original poetry from Aaron Poochigian, well known for his translations of Sappho, Aeschylus, Aratus and Apollonius of Rhodes From the mythical to everyday themes, from the landscape of North Dakota to scenes in a bar, at a marriage ceremony, before birth or before death, Poochigian s verse is enlightened by uncommonly fresh wisdoThe Cosmic Purr is the first collection of original poetry from Aaron Poochigian, well known for his translations of Sappho, Aeschylus, Aratus and Apollonius of Rhodes From the mythical to everyday themes, from the landscape of North Dakota to scenes in a bar, at a marriage ceremony, before birth or before death, Poochigian s verse is enlightened by uncommonly fresh wisdom, and deployed in the delightfully masterful, elegant and naturally flowing metrical forms his translations are known forAISE FOR THE COSMIC PURR Aaron Poochigian s technique is masterly, the tone tends to be tart, disillusioned, cryptic, and elegant, and it s easy to be beguiled by these poems wit and bravura But the pyrotechnics are used to serious ends, and the scenes that are fitfully illuminated, whether they occur in landscapes as quotidian as contemporary North Dakota or as otherworldly as mythical Greece, whether they are chilling or exhilarating, are always immediate in their reality, and they speak to the reader with a compelling cogency Dick DavisAaron Poochigian is both a classicist and a neo classical poet By this I mean that he prefers as subjects the common occasions of our lives and articulates them uncommonly, in verse rich with the kind of detail that becomes a style passed on in an act of friendship between him and the poets of the past who have served as his mentors Charles Martin from the Foreword It is a delight to have some of Aaron Poochigian s modern New York replies to famous Sappho poems Reading them is like eavesdropping on a New York wise guy discussing the night before with a classical scholar sexy, witty, learned, and moving Worth hearing, worth re reading, too Diana Der HovanessianWhat is the cosmic purr Pussycat poet Aaron Poochigian is the one to show us in his ebullient lines He returns where he started to the northern plains then spins on a dime to the wider world where life was all night long drinking and dancing, bursting into song In The Parlor he nods ironically to his Armenian heritage, and a few pages later he lights an elegiac candle for a dying friend A major translator from classical Greek, Poochigian offers in his own poetry a hip formality, a timeless sense of the contemporary, and when he brings the classics into this scene they live again as freshly as ever David MasonABOUT THE AUTHOR Aaron Poochigian was born in 1973 He attended Moorhead State University from 1991 to 1996 where he studied under the poets Tim Murphy, Dave Mason and Alan Sullivan He entered graduate school for Classics in 1997 at the University of Minnesota After traveling and doing research in Greece on fellowship from 2003 to 2004, he earned a Ph.D in Classics in 2006, and now lives and writes in New York City His translations, with introduction and notes, of Sappho s poems andfragments were published by Penguin Classics in 2009 His translations of Aeschylus, Aratus and Apollonius of Rhodes appeared in the Norton Anthology of Greek Literature in Translation in the spring of 2009, and Johns Hopkins University Press published his edition of Aratus astronomical poem, The Phaenomena, with his introduction and notes, in the spring of 2010 His poetry has appeared in numerous journals, including Arion, The Dark Horse, Poetry and Smartish Pace.

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    1. Zara Garcia-Alvarez of The Bibliotaphe Closet Blog on said:

      The Cosmic Purr: Poems by Aaron Poochigian is a debut collection of poems that Poochigian fills with metrical verse and a portion that readily emotes a translation of the classics.While Poochigian’s writing is extravagant with language and uses a few wonderful and stark lines of simile or imagery as in lines such as:I had forgotten/snowflakes could float about like this, like cotton/from cottonwoods, like tufts of crystal pollen. – From “Grand Forks, MD,” p. 3.He also has a knack for mom [...]

    2. Meganm922 on said:

      There is no question that Aaron Poochigian is a wonderful poet. His talent is obvious in each line of each poem. The reason I gave this book 3 stars instead of 4 or 5 is that none of the poems spoke to me. I’m not a huge poetry buff, but if a poem speaks to me in a some way, then I’m sold and I love it. Unfortunately, I couldn’t connect or relate to these poems. While I didn’t connect with any of the poems, I did appreciate them. They were all very well written and descriptive. On a tech [...]

    3. Brittany on said:

      I was really impressed with the style of writing that the author portrays in this book. His knowledge of the subject, concise wording and varying structure make this a delightful book to read. I thoroughly enjoyed delving into this book and was transported into another world numerous times. This is definitely one of those books that you cannot say "Oh, I'm going to read just one poem and then head off to bed". It just doesn't work that way! I recommend this book to everyone, even if you're not a [...]

    4. Donald Armfield on said:

      Poochigian poetry collection has a Greek Mythology section I thought I would enjoy. Medusa had a nice sound to it as well as Metamorphic A major translator from classical Greek. Aaron takes on some poems and fragments from Sappho and adds his own poetic sense of elegance.Other poems enjoyed-The Reunion Show-The MentorOverall this was not a poetry book to my strong liking. But was glad to have a chance to read this collection.

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