The Devotion Field
Author: Claudia Keelan
Publisher: Alice James Books (2004)
The experimental and L-A-N-G-U-A-G-E influence is clear, yet The Devotion Field offers, in a number of urban elegies, more narrative and personal (though still political) detail than has been Keelan’s habit. Full of cultural and social critique, the poems concern themselves with the artifice of language, the art of being and the art of art, the fragmentation and continuous flux of contemporary life. She employs trademark techniques: stream-of-consciousness, free association and associative leaps, in addition to a new emphasis on melody and musical phrasing.