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The Elephant’s Child: New and Selected Poems 1978–2005 offers a generous retrospective from a poet whose passionate, straight-talking poems have been delighting readers for forty years. Orlen writes about what it means to be male in our time and culture, and does so with disarming charm, honesty, directness, and humor. Like the elephant’s child in the Kipling tale, he has an insatiable curiosity about everything: love and sex foremost, but also about the ways in which we understand or misunderstand one another, how we perceive race, class, and gender, how memory works, and how we struggle to make sense of our often overwhelming and confusing world.

This is a voice we instinctively trust because of its powerful and easy intimacy and its willingness to spill male secrets. The laughter his poems provoke comes from recognition of our common humanity, our passions, and blind spots.

What comes through most powerfully is a profound tenderness and curiosity, a combination that results in heartbreaking, disturbing, and memorable poems. The Elephant’s Child will prove Orlen to be a poet necessary to our understanding of ourselves and our culture.

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Generous retrospective of passionate, straight-talking poems that have been delighting readers for over forty years.

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Poetry. THE ELEPHANT'S CHILD: NEW AND SELECTED POEMS 1978-2005 offers a generous retrospective from a poet whose passionate, straight-talking poems have been delighting readers for forty years. Orlen writes about what it means to be male in our time and culture, and does so with disarming charm, honesty, directness, and humor. Like the elephant's child in the Kipling tale, he has an insatiable curiosity about everything: love and sex foremost, but also about the ways in which we understand or misunderstand one another, how we perceive race, class, and gender, how memory works, and how we struggle to make sense of our often overwhelming and confusing world. Steve Orlen is the author of five previous collections of poetry, including THIS PARTICULAR ETERNITY, The Bridge of Sighs, and Kisses. He has received awards from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as the George Dillon Memorial Award from Poetry magazine. He teaches at the University of Arizona.

About the Author

Orlen was born and raised on Hillside Avenue in Holyoke, Massachusetts. He teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Arizona in Tucson, and in the low-residency MFA Program at Warren Wilson College.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781931337281
Author:
Orlen, Steve
Publisher:
Ausable Press
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Subject:
Single Author / American
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20060931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.5 in 10 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Poetry. THE ELEPHANT'S CHILD: NEW AND SELECTED POEMS 1978-2005 offers a generous retrospective from a poet whose passionate, straight-talking poems have been delighting readers for forty years. Orlen writes about what it means to be male in our time and culture, and does so with disarming charm, honesty, directness, and humor. Like the elephant's child in the Kipling tale, he has an insatiable curiosity about everything: love and sex foremost, but also about the ways in which we understand or misunderstand one another, how we perceive race, class, and gender, how memory works, and how we struggle to make sense of our often overwhelming and confusing world. Steve Orlen is the author of five previous collections of poetry, including THIS PARTICULAR ETERNITY, The Bridge of Sighs, and Kisses. He has received awards from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as the George Dillon Memorial Award from Poetry magazine. He teaches at the University of Arizona.
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