Today's poem is "After Adam"
from Vivisection

New Michigan Press

Eric Weinstein is the winner of the 2010 New Michigan Press/DIAGRAM chapbook contest for his collection, Vivisection. His poetry has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Best New Poets 2009, Cincinnati Review, Colorado Review, and Third Coast. He is an MFA candidate at New York University.

Books by Eric Weinstein:

Other poems on the web by Eric Weinstein:
"The Long Count"
Two poems
Three poems

Eric Weinstein on Twitter.

About Vivisection:

"These elegant lines cut deep, not into bodies but into thoughts, thoughts about bodies, about the pain, shame, and delight of incarnation. For Eric Weinstein, poetry may be vivisection, but vivisection is, for him, metaphysical, an art of awe and understanding, where it is not so much poetry as our own contradictions that rend us, that appear to us, in these pages, with such an arresting tension, between galaxy and microbe, flesh and metal, living and dead. These poems peer into the dark."
—Joseph Donahue

"Weinstein's Vivisection exposes the beating heart of its subjects with no loss of life: these remarkable poems are pensive yet urgent, allusive yet never needlessly elusive, grounded yet never sentimental. If this is surgical poetry, its implements—graceful precision, incisive thought, a meticulous accounting of the self's sacred and fungible parts—are wielded by a poet of significant subtlety and skill. ‘I have a heart & so I know / how to make one,' writes Weinstein—and the reader who fully registers the tensile structure and pulsing warmth of these poems is inclined to agree."
—Seth Abramson

"What is this quintessence of dust to me? Hamlet asks a flummoxed, completely overmatched duo pressed into the service of politicians, not more than a breath or two after he's exclaimed man to be a piece of work. As if in answer, Eric Weinstein launches Vivisection, this volley of vaulting philosophies. Here, the vehicles of body that give humankind its various and temporary residences are real, fragile, desirous, terrible pieces of work. In one poem after another, the hearts and the brains tough out another moment or month in their nearly involuntary quest to endure. But in the face of inexorable finitude, Weinstein's poems know and sing what we need to remember, what poems themselves remind us: that the brevity and transience that we might otherwise rue charges our existence with meaning. Detail by luminous detail, Vivisection insists on the value and significance of the vast co-op that is life, sentient and non-. In doing so, he implicates us in a sad and gorgeous summons to a world that we might otherwise only fear."
—Marc McKee

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