The Fraud of Good Sleep is a book of "serious humanist" poems.
Theis's poems combine a stunning, classical rigor with a passionate
madness that is utterly contemporary and surprising. Charting the
magic arc of a modern love story on a banjo string or through
birch-white epistles left behind at a deserted campsite, these
poems engage in the oblivion of snow, intoxicants, and
broken-heartedness since living includes loving where "destruction
be our lot." It's a place where fortunes are told: "Degenerate
fruit and burned apple wood. / The impure equals the fertile
plain." From prose poems and extended lyric sequences to
translations and fragments, this book attempts to enfold the living
past into the insane present. Or, what you might call "the wild
hunt to baptize the dead."
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