Cate Marvin World's Tallest Disaster

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World's Tallest Disaster

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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

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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