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Sunday, January 19, 2014

‘Hotel Oneira’ poems on dislocation, transition | Concord Monitor

‘Hotel Oneira’ poems on dislocation, transition | Concord Monitor

The Hotel Oneira is August Kleinzahler’s first full-length collection of new poetry sinceThe Strange Hours Travelers Keep in 2003. In between came a couple of very entertaining prose works and a retrospective collection called Sleeping It Off in Rapid City. The titles of these books gesture toward what have become Kleinzahler’s characteristic themes: dislocation, movement, transition, exile. “My ideal reader is a taxi driver in Karachi,” he said upon receiving the Griffin International Poetry Prize in 2004.

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