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Balance Act

Ken Cormier

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ISBN 10: 1895837677 / ISBN 13: 9781895837674
Published by Insomniac Press, 2000
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Title: Balance Act

Publisher: Insomniac Press

Publication Date: 2000

Book Condition:Good

Edition: 1 Edition.

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Balance Act is Ken Cormier's first published collection of prose and poetry. Ranging in mood from all-out hilarity to heart-stopping melancholy, Balance Act utilizes a consistent thread of music and rhythm to propel its language. Cormier's extensive background in percussion informs his writing at every level of the process. Simply put, Cormier brings performance to the page, and Balance Act is his one-man variety show. Cormier's stories peel back the layers of a bent suburban landscape, and his characters scratch and claw to find inspiration on the railroad tracks, to bear the absurdity of family dysfunction, to trade the bitterness of complacency for the thrill of total annihilation. The poems reinforce his over-arching themes, punctuating the text like rapid-fire epiphanies.

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Ken Cormier grew up in Bristol, Connecticut, where he received formal training as a rudimental snare drummer. Music and rhythm inform Ken's writing at every level. Winner of the University of Connecticut's prestigious Hackman Fiction Award and Wallace Stevens Poetry Award, Ken is best known for his wildly performative reading style, featuring multi-track audio backgrounds and gyrations.

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