[The bird’s-eye view]

By Ben Lerner b. 1979 Ben Lerner
The bird’s-eye view abstracted from the bird. Cover me, says the soldier on the screen, I’m going in. We have the sense of being convinced, but of what? And by whom? The public is a hypothetical hole, a realm of pure disappearance, from which celestial matter explodes. I believe I can speak for everyone, begins the president, when I say famous last words.

Ben Lerner, “The bird’s-eye view” from Angle of Yaw (Copper Canyon Press, 2006). www.coppercanyonpress.org

Source: Angle of Yaw (Copper Canyon Press, 2006)

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Poet Ben Lerner b. 1979

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Subjects Arts & Sciences, Humor & Satire, Social Commentaries, History & Politics, War & Conflict, Popular Culture, Language & Linguistics

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 Ben  Lerner

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Born and raised in Topeka, Kansas, writer and editor Ben Lerner earned a BA in political science and an MFA in creative writing from Brown University. He has served as a Fulbright scholar in Madrid and as a Guggenheim fellow.
 
Lerner is the author of several full-length poetry collections, including Mean Free Path (2010); Angle of Yaw (2006), which was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Northern California Book . . .

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SUBJECT Arts & Sciences, Humor & Satire, Social Commentaries, History & Politics, War & Conflict, Popular Culture, Language & Linguistics

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

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