Cate Marvin World's Tallest Disaster

ISBN 13: 9781889330617

World's Tallest Disaster

3.99 avg rating
( 209 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9781889330617: World's Tallest Disaster
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

Cate Marvin uses language the way a gymnast uses her body; she is a formalist who has thoroughly learned the pleasures and gains of abandon. But it is her excursions into wild image and passionate song that win the reader's heart. The heart is central in World's Tallest Disaster, which is essentially a book of love poems—love lost and found, love requited, love abandoned and betrayed. What Cate Marvin has done in her remarkably assured and powerful first collection is to remind us in fresh terms of the news that stays news: that our desire is "Not a sea of longing,// but the brack of wanting what's physical/ to help us forget we are physical."

"Violently passionate and firmly symmetrical, like tango or the blues, these poems-at first-are about sexual passion. . . . But in the great tradition of love poetry, these poems don't stop with love. They move from eros to imagination. Or they thrash between the two. . . . This is an encouraging book in the context of American poetry's fashions or factions, because it evades categories. [Marvin's] is an urgent as well as an artful voice."—from the Foreword by Robert Pinsky

Marketing Plans o Author tour in Ohio, Kentucky, and NYC
o Brochure and postcard mailings
o Advertisements in key literary and trade magazines

Book tour dates including:
o Cincinnati
o Louisville
o New York City

Cate Marvin was born in Washington, D.C. She received her B.A. from Marlboro College in Vermont, and holds two M.F.A.s: one from the University of Houston in poetry, the other from the Iowa Writers' Workshop in fiction. She has been awarded scholarships to attend both Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers' Conferences. Her poems have appeared in such magazines as New England Review, The Antioch Review, The Paris Review, The Georgia Review, and Ploughshares, among others. She is lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in English at the university there.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

From the Inside Flap:

Cate Marvin uses language the way a gymnast uses her body. Reading her poems, we are awed by the display of extraordinary strength and balance, the brave, disciplined play between the forces of gravity and the human desire for weightlessness. Marvin’s poems are jaunty and fierce, witty and intense; she reads like a formalist who has thoroughly learned the pleasures and gains of abandon.

But it is her excursions into wild image and passionate song that win the reader’s heart. The heart is central in World’s Tallest Disaster, which is essentially a book of love poems- love lost and found, love requited, love abandoned and betrayed. An ancient form, the love poem has never been easy to write, and in our postmodern age the difficulty has only increased. Marvin is of her time--her strong, definitive voice has the sound and feel of the present moment, and includes a canny irony.

“Before I go let me thank the man who mugs you...,” her poem “On Parting” begins, and then proceeds to gratefully enumerate the awful things she wishes for her ex-lover. The poem ends with these lines: “No thanks//to the skin forgetting the hands it welcomed, your/ hands refusing to recall what they happened upon./ How blessed is the body you move in--how gone.” The bittersweet tone illustrates Marvin’s ability to allow the coexistence in her poems of wry aggression, and simple grief for loss of the beloved.

In World’s Tallest Disaster the affairs of the heart are of course metaphors for all human complexity and loss, just as they were in the very first love poems. What Cate Marvin has done in her remarkably assured and powerful first collection is to remind us in fresh terms of the news that stays news: that our desire’s “Not a sea of longing,// but the brack of wanting what’s physical/ to help us forget we are physical.”

About the Author:

Marvin's first book, World's Tallest Disaster, was awarded the 2000 Kathryn A. Morton Prize by Robert Pinksy (Sarabande 2001). In 2002, she received the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Her poems have appeared in The Paris Review, New England Review, Ploughshares, Fence, Georgia Review, Slate, and The Kenyon Review. She is a creative writing professor at the College of Staten Island.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

List Price: US$ 12.95
US$ 7.18

Convert currency

Shipping: US$ 3.60
Within U.S.A.

Destination, rates & speeds

Add to Basket

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9781889330600: World's Tallest Disaster

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  1889330604 ISBN 13:  9781889330600
Publisher: Sarabande Books, 2001
Hardcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Cate Marvin
ISBN 10: 1889330612 ISBN 13: 9781889330617
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)

Book Description Condition: New. Brand New. Seller Inventory # 1889330612

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 7.18
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.60
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

Marvin, Cate
Published by Sarabande Books
ISBN 10: 1889330612 ISBN 13: 9781889330617
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Mediaoutlet12345
(Springfield, VA, U.S.A.)

Book Description Sarabande Books. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 1889330612 *BRAND NEW* Ships Same Day or Next!. Seller Inventory # SWATI2133285256

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 9.36
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

Marvin, Cate
Published by Brand: Sarabande Books (2001)
ISBN 10: 1889330612 ISBN 13: 9781889330617
New Paperback Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Book Deals
(Lewiston, NY, U.S.A.)

Book Description Brand: Sarabande Books, 2001. Paperback. Condition: BRAND NEW. Seller Inventory # 1889330612_abe_bn

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 14.37
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

4.

Cate Marvin
Published by Sarabande Books (2001)
ISBN 10: 1889330612 ISBN 13: 9781889330617
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)

Book Description Sarabande Books, 2001. Paperback. Condition: New. 1. Seller Inventory # DADAX1889330612

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 20.50
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

5.

Cate Marvin
Published by Sarabande Books, Incorporated, United States (2001)
ISBN 10: 1889330612 ISBN 13: 9781889330617
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Book Depository hard to find
(London, United Kingdom)

Book Description Sarabande Books, Incorporated, United States, 2001. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English. Brand new Book. * Winner of the 2000 Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry judged by Robert Pinsky * Eloquent introduction by Robert Pinsky * Her poems have appeared in such magazines as New England Review, The Antioch Review, The Paris Review, The Georgia Review, and Ploughshares, among others. Seller Inventory # BTE9781889330617

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 26.10
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

6.

Cate Marvin
Published by Sarabande Books (2001)
ISBN 10: 1889330612 ISBN 13: 9781889330617
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)

Book Description Sarabande Books, 2001. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1889330612

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 23.32
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.77
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

7.

Cate Marvin
Published by Sarabande Books (2001)
ISBN 10: 1889330612 ISBN 13: 9781889330617
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Books Express
(Portsmouth, NH, U.S.A.)

Book Description Sarabande Books, 2001. Paperback. Condition: New. 1. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!. Seller Inventory # 1889330612n

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 94.42
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

8.

Cate Marvin
ISBN 10: 1889330612 ISBN 13: 9781889330617
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
BennettBooksLtd
(San Diego, CA, U.S.A.)

Book Description Condition: New. New. Looks like an interesting title!. Seller Inventory # M-1889330612

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 95.16
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.95
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds