Winner of 2012 Witter Bynner Award and Fellowship
From L. S. Asekoff?whom John Ashbery praised as ?a superb poet at the height of his powers??comes this comic masterpiece, a haunting verse-novella of loss, wandering, and homecoming. Freedom Hill takes the form of a ?phonolog? between ?a brilliant talker who brings down the night? and his silent auditor. The first part, set in rural Maryland, records the speaker?s visits to his dying father. The second part, largely set in the whirl of the New York City art world, presents the tensions between money, fame, and desire. The third part witnesses the speaker?s cerebral stroke and his slow recovery of language.Â
As readers of Asekoff?s unique body of work have come to expect, Freedom Hill is a highly allusive book encompassing a wide range of tone, subject matter, and verbal ingenuity. Set at the end of the American Century, this darkly comic meditation thoroughly engages issues very much of the present: race, gender, family, art, language, money, and memory.