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Selected by Marie Howe for the 2011 Kathryn A. Morton Prize, Easy Math is anxious and exuberant both. Lauren Shapiros poems are Aesop stood on end, wry fables that defy our instinct to find a moral to the story. Instead, she offers us a gimlet eye to the disappointments of the world, tall tale-telling by turns rickety, defiant, and brave. “There are an infinite number of ways to torture the soul with hopefulness” Shapiro says, so we settle for ways to survive—crooked grins, twisted logic, and equations of jello shots, amusement parks, and post-it notes that never add up. “Everyone has something to say / about love and impermanence and waste.” She says it better than most.

"Shapiro specializes in snappy, poignant retorts to the problems of pop culture. Joan Rivers, Lindsay Lohan, and even the wily Jersey Shore crew inhabit her crackling new volume of poems, winner of the Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry.... Shapiro guides readers into uncomfortable but evocative settings, from a surreal ESL classroom and plague-ridden Marseilles to a hotel workout room. Imagination does not just take flight here; it rides the airport shuttle bus and connects travelers from different continents."

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"Lauren Shapiro can downshift from the sublime to the profane and back again in less than five seconds. Energy and joy create these metaphors, and if they are in discourse with postmodern malaise, they almost win the argument."

—Marie Howe

Synopsis:

Pop culture gets the James Tate treatment in poems that offer a gimlet eye to the disappointments of the world.

Synopsis:

"Lauren Shapiro can downshift from the sublime to the profane and back again in less than five seconds. Energy and joy create these metaphors, and if they are in discourse with postmodern malaise, they almost win the argument."

—Marie Howe

"The Witness"

There is a full moon the night St. Augustine

invents Just War Theory. Which is to say

though it is almost midnight he can see his toes,

the flowering dogwood by his door, and down

the walkway, a man beating a boy with a club.

He picks up his pen.

About the Author

Lauren Shapiro received a B.A. in Comparative Literature from Brown University and an M.F.A. in Poetry from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She is a former associate acquiring editor at the Yale University Press and has translated poetry from Spanish, Italian, Vietnamese, and Arabic into English. Her poems have been published in such journals as Pool, Passages North, 32 Poems, Forklift, Ohio, Drunken Boat, notnostrums, and Thermos. She is a curator of the Monsters of Poetry Reading Series and an assistant editor at Rescue Press. She lives and teaches in Madison, Wisconsin.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781936747481
Author:
Shapiro, Lauren
Publisher:
Sarabande Books
Author:
Howe, Marie
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry
Publication Date:
20130231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
64
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Pop culture gets the James Tate treatment in poems that offer a gimlet eye to the disappointments of the world.
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"Lauren Shapiro can downshift from the sublime to the profane and back again in less than five seconds. Energy and joy create these metaphors, and if they are in discourse with postmodern malaise, they almost win the argument."

—Marie Howe

"The Witness"

There is a full moon the night St. Augustine

invents Just War Theory. Which is to say

though it is almost midnight he can see his toes,

the flowering dogwood by his door, and down

the walkway, a man beating a boy with a club.

He picks up his pen.

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