In the preface to his Lyrical Ballads, Wordsworth famously called for a poetry that sounds like a man speaking to men. If you translate that aesthetic from his day to the blue collar New England towns of our own then you'll be able to hear and celebrate the blunt-edged, dramatic lyricism of David Surette's The Immaculate Conception Mothers' Club. By turn praising, funny, heart-breaking and combative, Surette's poems sing without apology in the vital language of his working class upbringing in Malden, Massachusetts. I hope you hear my neighborhood./ My hometown./ My mother and father./ Grandmothers and grandfathers./ School and church./ The rink and the playing fields./ The Irish and Acadian,/ Fishermen and farmers./ Gaelic and French, so he addresses pugnaciously the privileged poetry teacher in Weekend Workshop who can hear only the strains of a gas station attendant in his voice--Regulah or high test? True to itself and its origins, deeply human, Surette's voice IS gas, as the Irish say full of the kind of poetic energy that takes you places. Definitely high test. -Daniel Tobin, author of The Narrows and Second Things
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David R. Surette is the author of poetry collections Easy to Keep, Hard to Keep In and Young Gentlemen's School. His poems are also featured in the anthologies French Connections: A Gathering of Franco-American Poets and Cadence of Hooves: A Celebration of Horses. He lives and teaches in southeastern Massachusetts.
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Book Description Koenisha Publications, 2010. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0980009863
Book Description Koenisha Publications, 2010. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110980009863