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Geoffrey G. O'Brien

Associate Professor
C16 Hearst Field Annex
Fridays, 2-5pm
gobrien@berkeley.edu


Specialties

Books

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Go'brien Green and Gray
Geoffrey G. O'Brien's second collection documents the "remorse of the senses" that attends each moment of experience, the pain and pleasure of not exiting a world in which injustice and distraction secure every sensual event. Attempting to reestablish experience as something other than complicity, these poems insist on "desiring that which is as if it were not," making poetry out of neighborhood ....
Metropole%20cover Metropole
Geoffrey G. O’Brien’s third collection opens with a set of lyric experiments whose music and mutable syntax explore the social relations concealed in material things. O’Brien’s poems measure the “vague cadence” of daily life, testing both the value and limits of art in a time of vanishing publics and permanent war. The long title poem, written in a strict iambic prose, charts the disappearance of....
Gunsandflagscover The Guns and Flags Project
Obsessed with work and dream, shot through with weather and color, Geoffrey G. O'Brien's spirited debut pursues the possibility of the lyric itself--whether the voice raised "with melodies/and thinking" can be rescued from the ongoing disaster of progress. In roving five-beat lines the poems pass again and again through scenes of liminality--sunset and dawn, falling asleep and waking up, border c....
Obrien People on Sunday
'Brien's [is] a poetry that asks for patient attention, and gives back all the void's abundance."—Rain Taxi "Whether in a poem composed using words and phrases from the Patriot Act, a sestina with dauntingly common repeating end words, or in flat-out theory, O'Brien shows himself to be capable of portraying the muddled traffic of life in the Internet age."—Publishers Weekly (starred review for Me....

Recent English Courses Taught

Spring, 2017
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
143B/2 Verse Creative Writing Workshops
180L/1 Lyric Verse Renaissance and Early Modern
British 18th-Century
British 19th-Century
British 20th- and 21st-Century
American Literature
Poetry
Literary Theory
Summer, 2017
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
N166/3 Special Topics: American Poetry, 1650-2016 American Literature
Poetry
Fall, 2016
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
131/1 American Poetry American Literature
Poetry
243B/1 Poetry Writing Workshop Creative Writing Workshops
Graduate Courses
Spring, 2016
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
165/2 Special Topics: 21st-Century U.S. Poetry American Literature
Poetry
Special Topics
243B/1 Poetry Writing Workshop Creative Writing Workshops
Graduate Courses
Fall, 2015
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
131/1 American Poetry American Literature
Poetry
Spring, 2015
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
131/1 American Poetry American Literature
Poetry
143B/1 Verse Poetry
Creative Writing Workshops

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