Blues for Unemployed Secret Police: Poems by Doug Anderson

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Doug Anderson's "Blues For Unemployed Secret Police" dramatically reflects his experience of growing up in the sixties, serving as a field medical corpsman in Viet Nam, and confronting the modern era where "a good torturer can always find a job." With passion, humor, and strikingly original images, these poems illuminate everything from bad politics to love gone wrong.

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Doug Anderson has written two books of poems of which The Moon Reflected Fire won the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and Blues for Unemployed Secret Police a grant from the Eric Matthieu King Fund of the Academy of American Poets. His play, Short Timers, was produced at New York's The Theater for The New City in 1981. He has written film scripts, fiction and criticism and is at present at work on a novel about human trafficking. He earned a Phd from the University of Connecticut and teaches at the Hartford campus. His awards include fellowships from the NEA, the Virginia Quarterly Review, Poets & Writers, Inc., The Massachusetts Artists Foundations, The MacDowell Colony and other funding organizations. His work has appeared in Poetry, The Massachusetts Review, The Connecticut Review, The Southern Review, Ploughshares and many other literary magazines.

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Anderson is quite different from two other, better-known Vietnam poets, Bruce Weigl and W. D. Ehrhart--more universal than the intimate Weigl, more populist than the radical Ehrhart. He hasn't published as much as his peers; this is only his second collection. If he needed time to hone these powerful, funny-horrific, brutal-tender poems, though, be glad he took it. Anderson has learned hard facts that he relays indelibly. The title poem is the monologue of a South African Special Branch member who is now fleeing the country confidently, for "A good torturer can always find a job." Anderson elsewhere depicts an "Oedipus Blind," who may be properly repentant but proudly recalls his rapture with Jocasta: "You cannot know what this was like. / The smell of her." A pair of Neruda-inspired poems conjures the partnership-conspiracy of "Coyote" and "Crows." Anderson's "Homage to Pound" is genuine but poses the impolite question: "Mad? How about guilty." This is all no-nonsense stuff. Ray Olson

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