Tarn’s books have inspired a wild, almost religious devotion among readers. His work is a tremendous force field in which world and perception collaborate in the construction of innovative formal ‘architextures’ for a sensual language that has no like. Tarn is one of the most elegant and formidably intelligent minds in contemporary poetry. His books open up a means for us to be delighted again to belong to this world.
—Forrest Gander

The great German Romantic poet Friedrich Hölderlin’s spirit infuses this gorgeous poem cycle that sings of the loves and devastations of our times

Available April 6, 2021

The Hölderliniae

Poetry by Nathaniel Tarn

The thirty hymns of The Hölderliniae are inspired by the intricacies and transcendent humanity of Beethoven’s last quartets. Nathaniel Tarn’s new book opens with a biographical note on the “Poet of Poets,” Friedrich Hölderlin, setting the scene and introducing the doomed love of the poet’s life, Diotima; it ends in the Neckar River, the river of Hölderlin’s birth and death. Via affairs of love and polity, Tarn speaks through Hölderlin, and Hölderlin speaks through Tarn. The French Revolution—which Hölderlin supported passionately until the Reign of Terror—illuminates our war-torn, ecologically precarious age, as the failures of our age recall those past tragedies. Line after line carries Hölderlin’s hope in an ideal of a poetry that can englobe all the mind’s disciplines and make a universe of its own.

“Tarn’s books have inspired a wild, almost religious devotion among readers. His work is a tremendous force field in which world and perception collaborate in the construction of innovative formal ‘architextures’ for a sensual language that has no like. Tarn is one of the most elegant and formidably intelligent minds in contemporary poetry. His books open up a means

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Paperback (published April 6, 2021)

ISBN
9780811230636
Trim Size
6x9
Page Count
128

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ISBN
9780811230698

Nathaniel Tarn

Contemporary franco-american poet, translator and critic

Tarn’s books have inspired a wild, almost religious devotion among readers. His work is a tremendous force field in which world and perception collaborate in the construction of innovative formal ‘architextures’ for a sensual language that has no like. Tarn is one of the most elegant and formidably intelligent minds in contemporary poetry. His books open up a means for us to be delighted again to belong to this world.
—Forrest Gander
Tarn finds his inspiration by reaching into distant corners of the world; he approaches the formulae and functionality of poetry from an anthropologist’s perspective and transforms both traditions in the process.
—Andrew Ervin, San Francisco Chronicle
Tarn’s poetry redefines nature and art for human culture, bringing a genuine psychological and linguistic curiosity about the human mind, about what it means to be human.
—Brenda Hillman, Jacket