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Jay Baron Nicorvo's debut collection revolves around a central character, called Deadbeat--a descendant of John Berryman's Mr. Bones, Marvin Bell's Dead Man and Ted Hughes's Crow, to name an irrepressible few. The poems weave together a domestic narrative as Deadbeat himself muddles through courtship, marriage, divorce, estrangement and, of course, fatherhood. An effigy for America and our culture of recession, Deadbeat is brought to life with honesty, sympathy and love in all of its complications.

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"Nicorvo's wry and seriocomic debut presents scenes, symbols, and durable remarks from the life of his titular alter ego, a figure (like Berryman's Henry or Mary Jo Bang's Louise) who both is and is not the author, whose searing and ridiculous misadventures make him sometimes larger and sometimes smaller than life, anyone or everyone, with modern bourgeois problems, unspooling obligations, and a washed-out interior life: 'Deadbeat is a closed window./ Reflections in glass.' Elsewhere he's a dry, sad figure in a cartoony, allegorical story: 'Deadbeat spends his life selling balloons/ that sag at his ankles/ like a clown's sad bouquet./ He can't make change for anyone.' Like his precursors, Deadbeat interacts with other characters — a wife, a father, a son: 'Bride of Deadbeat takes/ his pulse and tells him/ his heart is unusually slow.' Nicorvo, who lives in Michigan, delivers these scenes in free verse with a confident cadence, never prosy but never too far from prose sense. Coherent and memorable in its dry sadness, this sequence may seem too close to its models, but it may also grow stranger upon rereading, its meditations on fatherhood, descent, masculinity, and responsibility giving it something that most of those models lack." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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ISBN:
9781935536239
Author:
Nicorvo, Jay Baron
Publisher:
Four Way Books
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Publication Date:
20121031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Nicorvo's wry and seriocomic debut presents scenes, symbols, and durable remarks from the life of his titular alter ego, a figure (like Berryman's Henry or Mary Jo Bang's Louise) who both is and is not the author, whose searing and ridiculous misadventures make him sometimes larger and sometimes smaller than life, anyone or everyone, with modern bourgeois problems, unspooling obligations, and a washed-out interior life: 'Deadbeat is a closed window./ Reflections in glass.' Elsewhere he's a dry, sad figure in a cartoony, allegorical story: 'Deadbeat spends his life selling balloons/ that sag at his ankles/ like a clown's sad bouquet./ He can't make change for anyone.' Like his precursors, Deadbeat interacts with other characters — a wife, a father, a son: 'Bride of Deadbeat takes/ his pulse and tells him/ his heart is unusually slow.' Nicorvo, who lives in Michigan, delivers these scenes in free verse with a confident cadence, never prosy but never too far from prose sense. Coherent and memorable in its dry sadness, this sequence may seem too close to its models, but it may also grow stranger upon rereading, its meditations on fatherhood, descent, masculinity, and responsibility giving it something that most of those models lack." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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