Preface

AS THE CURTAIN RISES on Mark Strand’s marvelous poem “The King,” the narrator crosses a room of unstated proportions, furnishings, period, and location.¹ The action of the first two lines seems to follow the logic of a game of hide-and-seek: the narrator shouting “I know you’re here”—a statement tha...

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Published in: The Scaffolding of Sovereignty p. 275
Format: Book Chapter
Language: English
Published: Columbia University Press 06-13-2017
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Summary: AS THE CURTAIN RISES on Mark Strand’s marvelous poem “The King,” the narrator crosses a room of unstated proportions, furnishings, period, and location.¹ The action of the first two lines seems to follow the logic of a game of hide-and-seek: the narrator shouting “I know you’re here”—a statement that might be inflected as an expression of either taunt or frustration—before catching sight of the “you.” But there is no mention of hiding, or of the room being appointed in such a way to allow for it. “I know you’re here” could in this way be a statement of
ISBN: 0231171862
9780231171861
DOI: 10.7312/beni17186.16