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Brain Fever

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9780393243352
Author(s): Kimiko Hahn
Format: Hardcover
Year: 2014
Edition: 1st
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Dimensions: 144 x 229 x 16 (w x l x h)
Pages: 144

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Acclaimed as 'one of the most fascinating female poets of our time' (BOMB), Kimiko Hahn is a shape-shifter, a poet who seeks novel forms for her utterly original subject matter and 'stands as a welcome voice of experimentation and passion' (Bloomsbury Review). In Brain Fever, Hahn integrates the recent findings of science, ancient Japanese aesthetics, and observations from her life as a woman, wife, mother, daughter, and artist. Rooted in meditations on contemporary neuroscience, Brain Fever takes as its subject the mysteries of the human mind-the nature of dreams and memories, the possibly illusory nature of linear time, the complexity of conveying love to a child. In one poem, 'A Bowl of Spaghetti,' she cites a comparison that researchers draw between unraveling 'the millions of miles of wires in the [human] brain' and 'untangling a bowl of spaghetti,' and thus she untangles a memory of her own: 'I have an old photo: Rei in her high chair intently / picking out each strand to mash in her mouth. // Was she two? Was that sailor dress from mother? / Did I cook that sauce from scratch? If so, there was a carrot in the pot.'
Equally inspired by Sei Shonagon's tenth-century Pillow Book and the latest findings of cognitive research, Brain Fever is a thrilling blend of the timely and the timeless.

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