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Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



There's this writer, William Shakespeare. Perhaps you've heard of him. He wrote this play, Romeo and Juliet. Maybe you've heard of it as well. It's... Continue »
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"Edson's poetry is not for every taste. But if you are already a fan, or if you find yourself bored with the predictability of most poetry, See Jack will transport you to some mind-blowing places." Julie Babcock, Rain Taxi (read the entire Rain Taxi review)

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Review:

"In his 19th collection of prose poems, Edson's imagination remains as bizarre as ever, although he breaks no new ground. Edson inflicts deformities of body and character onto his humans and inanimate objects alike, introducing, for example, 'a woman whose face was a cow's milk bag' or a man who 'had only one eye. In the other socket was a belly button.' The humor in these passages — such as when a man puts a hat on his head and 'the hat thinks he's feeding it, and begins to swallow his head,' is often mingled with obscene or oddly tragic moments, as when a farmer announces to his wife that he is going to have sex with the cow he is about to slaughter. There are also rare instances of poignant beauty, such as a man whose daughter is a mouse, pressed dead between the pages of a book like a flower. Edson's fragmented tales often trail off into ellipses that alternately seem like lazy storytelling or a provocative tool. But longtime Edson fans will find as much to enjoy as in Edson's other books." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Edson is the godfather of the prose poem in America. His work sets a standard for prose poetry that few other practitioners can meet. They can elicit laughter, disgust, or both simultaneously, and they defy easy interpretation, for they lack overt symbolism. They are as disturbing but often, especially in this book, as dazzling as a good Dali or de Chirico painting." Peter Johnson

Synopsis:

Edson began publishing poetry in the 1960s. He has been called “the godfather of prose poems in America” by Booklist’s Ray Olson.

Edson has been quoted as saying  “Prose comes so naturally that one doesn’t really have to choose it, it’s already in one’s mouth”.

About the Author

Edson began publishing poetry in the 1960s. He has been called "the godfather of prose poems in America" by Booklist's Ray Olson.

Edson has been quoted as saying "Prose comes so naturally that one doesn't really have to choose it, it's already in one's mouth".

Russell Edson is a playwright, novelist, and poet. He is the author of eighteen previous poetry collections, including The Tormented Mirror, The Reason Why the Closet-Man is Never Sad, The Wounded Breakfast: Ten Poems, and The Tunnel: Selected Poems.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780822960300
Author:
Edson, Russell
Publisher:
University of Pittsburgh Press
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Edition Description:
1st Edition
Series:
Pitt Poetry Series
Publication Date:
20090331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
80
Dimensions:
7.5 x 5.5 x 0.3 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In his 19th collection of prose poems, Edson's imagination remains as bizarre as ever, although he breaks no new ground. Edson inflicts deformities of body and character onto his humans and inanimate objects alike, introducing, for example, 'a woman whose face was a cow's milk bag' or a man who 'had only one eye. In the other socket was a belly button.' The humor in these passages — such as when a man puts a hat on his head and 'the hat thinks he's feeding it, and begins to swallow his head,' is often mingled with obscene or oddly tragic moments, as when a farmer announces to his wife that he is going to have sex with the cow he is about to slaughter. There are also rare instances of poignant beauty, such as a man whose daughter is a mouse, pressed dead between the pages of a book like a flower. Edson's fragmented tales often trail off into ellipses that alternately seem like lazy storytelling or a provocative tool. But longtime Edson fans will find as much to enjoy as in Edson's other books." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review A Day" by , "Edson's poetry is not for every taste. But if you are already a fan, or if you find yourself bored with the predictability of most poetry, See Jack will transport you to some mind-blowing places." (read the entire Rain Taxi review)
"Review" by , "Edson is the godfather of the prose poem in America. His work sets a standard for prose poetry that few other practitioners can meet. They can elicit laughter, disgust, or both simultaneously, and they defy easy interpretation, for they lack overt symbolism. They are as disturbing but often, especially in this book, as dazzling as a good Dali or de Chirico painting."
"Synopsis" by ,

Edson began publishing poetry in the 1960s. He has been called “the godfather of prose poems in America” by Booklist’s Ray Olson.

Edson has been quoted as saying  “Prose comes so naturally that one doesn’t really have to choose it, it’s already in one’s mouth”.

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