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Debora Greger is a stoic comedian in an age when even wit has its dark undertones. In this, her fourth collection, she finds Ovid in Provincetown, a right whale in Iowa, and Cleopatra in the afterworld. Nothing resides in its proper place, except the place of exile. Her poems invite the past into the present--a present of frogs trapped in swimming pools, of lizard men on television, a present where even the Holiday Inn plays a roled in the theory of evolution.
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Debora Greger is the author of six volumes of poetry. She has won the Grolier Prize and the Discovery/"The Nation" Award, and her work has been published in the "New Yorker," "American Poetry Review," and "Paris Review," She teaches at the University of Florida.From Publishers Weekly:
Greger ( The 1002nd Night ) opens her fourth collection with a playful, self-referential poem, ``Envoi,'' evoking her familiar metaphors of travel and navigation as she casts this bold ``little book'' into uncharted territory. The poems take the reader ``past the known world'' into a terra incognita where the boundaries of history, myth, geography and gender blur, transformed by Greger's distinctly modern American vision. And so we meet ``Persephone in the West,'' who has a ``flight to catch''; Ovid, a wigged transvestite at an off-season seaside convention; and movie icon Paul Newman. Even the natural world is displaced and let out of its element, as in ``Air-Conditioned Air,'' where ``Sea turtles lay their eggs / in the parking lots of hotels.'' Finally, Greger is concerned with the enduring rituals of love, death and desire and the necessary human effort of ``keeping the weedy world at bay.'' In fact, it is this ``weedy'' world and all its castaways that she celebrates with characteristic wit, irony and precision.
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