Jessica Hagedorn Danger and Beauty

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Danger and Beauty

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A provocative collection of poetry and prose from the acclaimed author of Dogeaters. In the poems of Dangerous Music, Hagedorn celebrates music. Pet Food & Tropical Apparitions includes poems, stories, and a novella. The final section of the collection consists of previously unpublished prose and poetry.

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Born and raised in the Philippines, Jessica Hagedorn is well known as a performance artist, poet, and playwright, and a former commentator on "Crossroads," a syndicated weekly magazine on National Public Radio. Her first novel, Dogeaters, was nominated for a National Book Award in 1990 and was voted best book of the year by the Before Columbus Foundation. She lives in New York City.

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From her earliest poems Hagedorn, whose first novel ( Dog eaters ) was nominated for a National Book Award, has concerned herself with music, pop culture, drugs and sex. But these themes cut across barriers--rich and poor, rock and jazz, straight and kinky, all viewed with a delightful humor. The most consistent aspect is the outsider's point of view. Her speakers are forever away from home; they never quite fit in: "in new york / they ask me if i'm puerto rican / and do i live in queens?" Hagedorn writes in an early poem, using lower-case letters as if to accent the speaker's sense of insignificance. This volume, in which the early poems and stories are reprinted from limited editions, offers readers fuller insights into the Filipino writer's vibrancy. But a handful of new pieces written during the past decade are some of her strongest work. "Formalized / by middle age / we avoid crowds / but still / love music," she begins a poem that goes on to juxtapose the speaker's infant daughter's "pink and luscious flesh" with friends in El Salvador whose relatives are disappearing. The fun-loving persona of 20 years ago has developed a mature, distinctive vision.
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