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50 American Plays (Poems)

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"Their verse . . . is strikingly different. Michael's poems are interior, fragmentary, and austere, often stripped down to single-word lines; they seethe with incipient violence. Matthew's are effusive, ecstatic, and all-embracing, spilling over with pop-cultural references and exuberant carnality." —The New Yorker

Identical twins Michael and Matthew Dickman once invented their own language. Now they have invented an exhilarating book of poem-plays about the fifty states. Pointed, comic, and surreal, these one-page vignettes feature unusual staging and an eclectic cast of characters—landforms, lobsters, and historical figures including Duke Ellington, Sacajawea, Judy Garland, and Kenneth Koch, the avant-garde spirit informing this book introduced by playwright John Guare.

"Lucky in Kansas"

Judy Garland: This is always the worst part

Tin Man: The coming back

Judy Garland: Yes, it fucking sucks, it's depressing as shit

The Lion: Well, we're lucky to still be employed at this farm

Straw Man: I wouldn't call it lucky

The Lion: We were lucky to get back

Straw Man: That's not really lucky either I don't think you know what lucky means

Judy Garland: It's funny what you miss

Tin Man: The running

Judy Garland: The flying

Tin Man: The flying monkeys

Judy Garland: The beautiful flying monkeys above the endless emeralds the unbelievably green world

Michael Dickman and Matthew Dickman are identical twins who were born and raised in Portland, Oregon. Michael received the 2010 James Laughlin Award for his second collection Flies (Copper Canyon Press, 2011). Matthew won the prestigious APR/Honickman Award for his debut volume, All-American Poem.

Synopsis:

Twin poet-brothers Michael and Matthew Dickman collaborate on state-based poem-plays to map an eclectic topography of the United States

About the Author

Michael Dickman: Michael Dickman is the winner of the 2010 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets for his second collection, Flies. His first book, The End of the West, was published in 2009. He has received fellowships from the Michener Center for Writers, the Fine Arts Work Center, and the Vermont Studio Center. His poems are regularly published in The New Yorker, and his work has appeared widely, including in The American Poetry Review, Field, Tin House, and Narrative Magazine. He was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, and now teaches poetry at Princeton University.

Matthew Dickman: Matthew Dickman grew up in Portland, Oregon with his twin brother Michael. His first book, All-American Poem, won numerous prizes including the APR/Honickman First Book Prize, Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and Oregon Book Award. He has earned fellowships from The Michener Center for Writers, The Vermont Studio Center, and The Fine Arts Work Center. His poems have appeared in Tin House, McSweeneys, Ploughshares, and The New Yorker, among others. W.W. Norton and Co. will publish his second book in 2012. Matthew lives in Portland where he writes and works as an editor at Tin House.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781556593932
Author:
Dickman, Matthew
Publisher:
Copper Canyon Press
Author:
Dickman, Michael
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20120631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
110
Dimensions:
8 x 5 in

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