13th Balloon

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  • Author(s): Bibbins, Mark
  • Publication Information:
    Port Townsend, Washington : Copper Canyon Press. 2020
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    • Abstract:
      In his fourth collection, 13th Balloon, Mark Bibbins turns his candid eye to the American AIDS crisis. With quiet consideration and dark wit, Bibbins addresses the majority of his poems to Mark Crast, his friend and lover who died from AIDS at the early age of 25. Every broken line and startling linguistic turn grapples with the genre of elegy: what does it mean to experience personal loss, Bibbins seems to ask, amidst a greater societal tragedy? The answer is blurred— amongst unforeseen disease, intolerance, and the intimate consequences of mismanaged power. Perhaps the most unanswerable question arrives when Bibbins writes, “For me elegy/ is like a Ouija planchette/ something I can barely touch/ as I try to make it/ say what I want it to say.” And while we are still searching for the words that might begin an answer, Bibbins helps us understand that there is endless value in continuing—through both joy and grief—to wonder.
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      9781556595776. 9781619322141.
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    • ABNT:
      BIBBINS, M. 13th Balloon. Port Townsend, Washington: Copper Canyon Press, 2020. ISBN 9781556595776. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=2361984. Acesso em: 3 jun. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Bibbins M. 13th Balloon. Port Townsend, Washington: Copper Canyon Press; 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=2361984. Accessed June 3, 2020.
    • APA:
      Bibbins, M. (2020). 13th Balloon. Copper Canyon Press.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Bibbins, Mark. 2020. 13th Balloon. Port Townsend, Washington: Copper Canyon Press. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=2361984.
    • Harvard:
      Bibbins, M. (2020) 13th Balloon. Port Townsend, Washington: Copper Canyon Press. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=2361984 (Accessed: 3 June 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Bibbins, M 2020, 13th Balloon, Copper Canyon Press, Port Townsend, Washington, viewed 3 June 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Bibbins, Mark. 13th Balloon. Copper Canyon Press, 2020. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=2361984.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Bibbins, Mark. 13th Balloon. Port Townsend, Washington: Copper Canyon Press, 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=2361984.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Bibbins M. 13th Balloon [Internet]. Port Townsend, Washington: Copper Canyon Press; 2020 [cited 2020 Jun 3]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=2361984