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Viper Rum

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Publisher Comments:

In her third collection of poetry, Viper Rum, Mary Karr delves into autobiographical subject matter; various beloveds are birthed and buried in these touching lyrics, some of which, as the title suggests, deal with drink:

I cast back to those last years

I drank, alone nights at the kitchen sink,

bathrobed, my head hatching snakes,

while my baby slept in his upstairs cage

and my marriage choked to death

Precise and surprising, Karr's poems "take on the bedevilments of fate and grief with a diabolical edge of their own" (Poetry).

Also included is Karr's controversial and prize-winning essay "Against Decoration," in which she took aim against the verbal ornaments that too often pass for poetry these days-the "new formalism" that elevates form to an end itself.

Synopsis:

In her third collection of poetry, Karr delves into autobiographical subject matter including the births and deaths of beloved family members. It also contains Karr's controversial and prize-winning essay "Against Decoration" in which she takes aim against verbal ornaments that too often pass for poetry these days.

About the Author

Mary Karr's poems and essays have won Pushcart prizes and have appeared in magazines such as the New Yorker, The Atlantic, and Parnassus. She was a Bunting Fellow at Radcliffe College, and is now the Jesse Truesdale Peck Professor of English Literature at Syracuse.

Table of Contents

viper rum Viper Rum

Incant Against Suicide

The Wife of Jesus Speaks

The Last of the Brooding Miserables

Four of the Horsemen (Hypertense and Stroke, Coronary Occlusion and Cerebral Insult)

Hubris

The Patient

Adieu

Beauty and the Shoe Sluts

Field of Skulls

Summons (or This Won't Hurt You a Bit and It'll Cheer Me Up)

Requiem for the New Year

The Grand Miracle

Mr. D. Refuses the Blessing

Terminus

Limbo: Altered States

The Pallbearer

The Century's Worst Blizzard

Revenge of the Ex-Mistress

Dead Drunk (or The Monster-Maker at Work)

Animistic Anatomy

Mall Crawl

Christ's Passion

Domestic Ruins

The Invention of God in a Mouthful of Milk

County Fair

Belongings

Lifecycle Stairmaster

Chosen Blindess

Afterword: Against Decoration

Notes

Index of Titles and First Lines

Product Details

ISBN:
9780142000182
Author:
Karr, Mary
Publisher:
Penguin Poets
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
American poetry
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Poets, Penguin
Series Volume:
no. 00-4754
Publication Date:
20010931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
96
Dimensions:
8.44x5.72x.32 in. .27 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , In her third collection of poetry, Karr delves into autobiographical subject matter including the births and deaths of beloved family members. It also contains Karr's controversial and prize-winning essay "Against Decoration" in which she takes aim against verbal ornaments that too often pass for poetry these days.

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