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Apocalyptic Swing: Poems

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ISBN13: 9780892554126
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Rarely has a first book of poems been more exalted than Gabrielle Calvocoressi s The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart, which the Times Literary Supplement called an excoriation of present-day America by a new and lethal commentator. Now, in this extraordinary follow-up, Calvocoressi continues her mission to document the particular hardships of derelict American small towns.These, though, are different poems, their lens cracked and turned on a narrator seeking her own deliverance from abandonment and violence. Battered but never beaten, this narrator finds salvation in ecstatic communion with the gods of jazz and especially boxing: O Tommy Hearns, O blood come down, she prays. Find your way to Hungerford where my/father glowers over me. Show him/how the bag does penance. In such prayers she finds the strength to survive the home she has to leave and, once she does, the strength to face the fires she finds flaring the country over, from Los Angeles to Laramie. Apocalyptic Swing is a work of unbelievable force, a devastating and glorious testimony about America its lore, disappointments, and promise.

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Now in paperback, a 2009 Los Angeles Times Book Award finalist.

Synopsis:

Now in paperback, a 2009 Book Award finalist.

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"She is a daring act as a poet/athlete . . . but she can also travel the backwoods, pointing out herons, ivy vines and creek water with a kind of divining rod rightness. . . . Her wild lyrics shudder and shine, jubilant and threatening, exuberant."--Carol Muske-Dukes, Huffington Post

About the Author

Gabrielle Calvocoressi has won the Bernard F. Connors Prize from the Paris Review and a Rona Jaffe Award for Emerging Women Writers. She teaches in the graduate writing programs of California College of the Arts and Warren Wilson College. She lives in Los Angeles.

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h, April 3, 2013 (view all comments by h)
If you're looking for a poetry volume to celebrate National Poetry Month, go for this. Calvocoressi's often brief lines punch you as her boxer characters do. She addresses suicide, racial violence, (same) sex, psychological injury but in the subtlest of ways and alongside pure joy at the moments of heroism in everyday life.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780892554126
Author:
Calvocoressi, Gabrielle
Publisher:
Persea Books
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Publication Date:
20120431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
96
Dimensions:
8 x 5.5 in

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Product details 96 pages Persea Books - English 9780892554126 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Now in paperback, a 2009 Los Angeles Times Book Award finalist.
"Synopsis" by , Now in paperback, a 2009 Book Award finalist.
"Synopsis" by , "She is a daring act as a poet/athlete . . . but she can also travel the backwoods, pointing out herons, ivy vines and creek water with a kind of divining rod rightness. . . . Her wild lyrics shudder and shine, jubilant and threatening, exuberant."--Carol Muske-Dukes, Huffington Post
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