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Nuptial Favors

Assorted Scenarios

by Ken Bazyn

Imprint: Resource Publications

164 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.00 in

  • Paperback
  • 9781725260573
  • Published: April 2020

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  • 9781725260559
  • Published: April 2020

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  • 9781725260566
  • Published: April 2020

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After a close reading of the imagery of Song of Songs in its ancient Near Eastern context, Bazyn reveals the ins and outs of love via a series of startling metaphors. His language is strong and direct, commemorating intense emotions, exposing varied vulnerabilities. You hear tales of a music box, a keepsake, a valentine, a love potion, a romantic boat ride--wistful longings punctuated by profound regrets. The beloved is compared to a rugged outcropping, urban architecture, a bounding gazelle. We encounter teasing and laughter, nudity and deepened communion, misunderstandings and tears. There are bold entreaties at the beloved's door, tongue-in-cheek conquests, forbidden rendezvous, everyday marital squabbles, dream premonitions, adolescent intrigues, and heartrending partings. Bazyn's lyrics run the gamut from Proust-like sensory associations to consoling lullaby, from frenetic mania to soulful self-admonition. He revisits Greco-Roman classics (e.g., the judgment of Paris, the sorrowing nymph Echo, Odysseus's faithful wife Penelope, the revenge of Medea) and reinterprets Scripture (the sensual beauty of Sarah, Hosea's marriage to a whore, Jesus's parable of the foolish virgins). Bazyn's imagery dances in your head. The unretouched black-and-white photos help sear his ideas into your imagination. You begin to reminisce about the vicissitudes of your own relationships.
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