Nin Andrews Why They Grow Wings

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Why They Grow Wings

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Poetry. Winner of the 1999 Gerald Cable Book Award. "What sensual enchantments and imaginative adventures await the reader of Nin Andrews' latest volume. Her poems are witty, vivacious, surprising. Houdini will show up and paraphrase Heraclitus. Or the sign at the Pasta Palace ('Cook Needed') will turn into an erotic daydream ('Cock Needed') with the logic of an entry in a book of lies. Andrews liberates debased forms (the chain letter, the earnest Yuletide family report) and assimilates unusual influences (Borges, Henri Michaux) in her highly distinctive prose poems. She has an energining effect: reading her makes you want to write. I'm crazy about this poet"—David Lehman.

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Nin Andrews poems and stories have appeared in many literary journals and anthologies, including Ploughshares, Best American Poetry (1997, 2001, 2003), and Great American Prose Poems. She is the author of several books, including Southern Comfort (CavanKerry Press, 2009), DEAR PROFESSOR, DO YOU LIVE IN A VACUUM? (Subito Press, 2008), Sleeping with Houdini (BOA Editions Ltd., 2008), Midlife Crisis with Dick and Jane (Web Del Sol, 2005), and THE BOOK OF ORGASMS (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2000).

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If she had lived in Renaissance England, Andrews would be called a metaphysical poet. Today she might (mistakenly) be thought confessional; but although her poems seem autobiographical, their point is not self-exposure. They might be described as surrealistic, but their point is not to deconstruct the world through odd juxtapositions. Rather, Andrews is trying to get through the specifics of experience, including sexual experience, to the unifying spiritual force behind experience. So doing, she often employs that classic metaphysical device, the conceit, spinning a fantastical web farther and farther out from where it started, trying to net complex meaning with wit and whimsy. Many pieces here are prose poems--wild, weird affairs that expand and expand like impossible balloons; Andrews pushes them so far that the reader becomes breathless, waiting for the explosion. Her free-verse pieces have the same agitated, compelling quality. A fine first book that leaves one wanting more. Patricia Monaghan
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