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"Joshua Cohen has created a visionary novel that's terrifying and heartbreaking and humbling in its luminous brilliance. in my opinion, it firmly areas the writer at the similar point as Kafka."—Michael Disend, writer of Stomping the Goyim

"The concept that there are a number of heavens, correct ones and unsuitable ones, white ones and black ones, is driven to its fantastical limits by way of Brooklyn author Joshua Cohen in his dream-world novel of the afterlife. . . . Heaven is a difficult yet worthwhile learn on thematic and formal levels."—The Brooklyn Rail

"A breathless flight of managed delirium, an exquisitely blasphemous travel of an afterlife the place earth's dominion, in all its terror and glory, trumps the unbelievable and overturns the area to return. . . . It's a courageous booklet that are meant to earn its younger writer the reader's profound and enduring admiration."—Steve Stern, writer of The Frozen Rabbi

When a ten-year-old Jewish boy is exploded on a Jerusalem road by means of a ten-year-old Palestinian boy, he wakes up in a heaven not anyone in his culture ready him for, a heaven of others. Joshua Cohen's novel stands on the crossroads of a conflicted urban and wordplay that either celebrates and dismantles culture.

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It is this, even more than his technical virtuosity, formal prowess, and astounding imaginative range which makes him unique among his contemporaries. Charles Wright's poetic maps are drawn with humor and tenderness, great clarity and imagistic precision; yet it is his reverberating metaphors and complex verbal overlays that continue to dazzle his readers. Like his master, Cézanne, Wright insists that the very nature of perception itself change within us, that we might see more clearly the world Page xxi which is without.

Country Music Page i Other Recent Works by Charles Wright Halflife: Improvisations & Interviews, 197787 The World of the Ten Thousand Things: Poems, 19801990 Chickamauga Quarter Notes: Improvisations and Interviews Page ii Page iii Country Music Selected Early Poems Charles Wright SECOND EDITION With a Foreword by David St. John Page iv Disclaimer: Some images in the original version of this book are not available for inclusion in the netLibrary eBook. Wesleyan University Press Published by University Press of New England, Hanover, NH 03755 All rights reserved Poetry copyright © 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1982 by Charles Wright.

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