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In his newest collection of prose poems, Trouble with the Machine, Christopher Kennedy again takes us on a tour of his brilliantly odd-ball world, a world where town hall meetings turn into blood-baths, where God calls on the telephone to check in with mortals who are calmly ironing their souls in the kitchen, where wounds aren't merely worn on the sleeve but actually attend parties to pick fights with the other guests. Kennedy's poetry is fiercely comic, deliciously irreverent, and a welcome oasis in the dry landscape of modern poetry.

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"Miracles of compaction, the spare, ruminative narrations of Christopher Kennedy are generous with brave, brutal truths about the gorgeous catastrophe of being and remaining entirely, differently human. Gravely hilarious, heartbreakingly precise, Kennedy's new collection of outcries and crucialities is vivid and thrilling and brilliant — a set of thundering scriptures about our loneliness, our loss." Gary Lutz, author of Stories in the Worst Way

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"The best way I can describe Chris Kennedy's weird and sorrowful work is with three lines from The Tempest: 'Nothing of him that doth fade/But doth suffer a sea change/Into something rich and strange'. I can't say how, but to me that's a picture of Kennedy's book." Mary Gaitskill, author of Bad Behavior

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"Shuttling between midget clans and leather voodoo monkeys and covering all odd stops in between, Trouble with the Machine effortlessly upgrades prose poetry to the 21st century. Kennedy's tiny worlds offer a seamless yet paradoxical surrealism that feels at once startling and comfortable, humorous and unsettling. The only trouble with Trouble with the Machine is that you eventually reach the last page." Brian Evenson, author of Father of Lies

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Takes readers on a tour of a brilliantly oddball world, where town hall meetings turn into bloodbaths and God occasionally calls to check in with mortals who are calmly ironing their souls in the kitchen.

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Poetry. In his newest collection of prose poems, Trouble with the Machine, Christopher Kennedy again takes us on a tour of his brilliantly odd-ball world, a world where town hall meetings turn into blood-baths, where God calls on the telephone to check in with mortals who are calmly ironing their souls in the kitchen, where wounds aren't merely worn on the sleeve but actually attend parties to pick fights with the other guests. Kennedy's poetry is fiercely comic, deliciously irreverent, and a welcome oasis in the dry landscape of modern poetry. Christopher Kennedy's writing has appeared or will appear in many journals and magazines, including Grand Street, Ploughshares, McSweeney's, and Mississippi Review. He received a poetry fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts in 1999 and a Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts grant in 1997.

About the Author

Christopher Kennedy?s writing has appeared or will appear in many journals and magazines, including Grand Street, Ploughshares, McSweeney's, and Mississippi Review. He received a poetry fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts in 1999 and a Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts grant in 1997. One of the founding editors of the literary journal, 3rd Bed, he is the Director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Syracuse University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780972336314
Author:
Kennedy, Christopher
Publisher:
Low Fidelity Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Prose poems, American
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
422
Publication Date:
November 2003
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
72
Dimensions:
7.00 x 5.00 in 0.21 lb

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"Review" by , "Miracles of compaction, the spare, ruminative narrations of Christopher Kennedy are generous with brave, brutal truths about the gorgeous catastrophe of being and remaining entirely, differently human. Gravely hilarious, heartbreakingly precise, Kennedy's new collection of outcries and crucialities is vivid and thrilling and brilliant — a set of thundering scriptures about our loneliness, our loss."
"Review" by , "The best way I can describe Chris Kennedy's weird and sorrowful work is with three lines from The Tempest: 'Nothing of him that doth fade/But doth suffer a sea change/Into something rich and strange'. I can't say how, but to me that's a picture of Kennedy's book."
"Review" by , "Shuttling between midget clans and leather voodoo monkeys and covering all odd stops in between, Trouble with the Machine effortlessly upgrades prose poetry to the 21st century. Kennedy's tiny worlds offer a seamless yet paradoxical surrealism that feels at once startling and comfortable, humorous and unsettling. The only trouble with Trouble with the Machine is that you eventually reach the last page."
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Takes readers on a tour of a brilliantly oddball world, where town hall meetings turn into bloodbaths and God occasionally calls to check in with mortals who are calmly ironing their souls in the kitchen.

"Synopsis" by , Poetry. In his newest collection of prose poems, Trouble with the Machine, Christopher Kennedy again takes us on a tour of his brilliantly odd-ball world, a world where town hall meetings turn into blood-baths, where God calls on the telephone to check in with mortals who are calmly ironing their souls in the kitchen, where wounds aren't merely worn on the sleeve but actually attend parties to pick fights with the other guests. Kennedy's poetry is fiercely comic, deliciously irreverent, and a welcome oasis in the dry landscape of modern poetry. Christopher Kennedy's writing has appeared or will appear in many journals and magazines, including Grand Street, Ploughshares, McSweeney's, and Mississippi Review. He received a poetry fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts in 1999 and a Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts grant in 1997.
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