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Fate: Poems


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ISBN 10: 0395556368 / ISBN 13: 9780395556368
Published by Houghton Mifflin, Wilmington, Massachusetts, U.S.A., 1991
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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First printing. Flatsigned on title page. Black cloth spine, purple boards. Fine in like DJ. 70 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 6069

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Title: Fate: Poems

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin, Wilmington, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

Book Type: Book

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Dramatic monologues by a powerful American poet include the voices of Mary Jo Kopechne, Lenny Bruce, Alfred Hitchcock, Lyndon Johnson, Elvis Presley and others, exposing human evil and self-destruction

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Ai's horrific, surreal vision continues to mature with each book. In the 16 long poems that comprise her fourth collection, the lyricism of such earlier volumes as Sin ( LJ 4/15/86) is replaced by relentless eyewitness accounts: haunting, cinematic narratives of the rich and famous that even the tabloids couldn't dream up. In this sexually empowered world, Mary Jo Kopechne can rise from the dead to state boldly, "Jack or Bobby would have died with me." The vision and the violence carry over into the lives of unnamed, down-and-out characters as well; in "Eve's Story," a battered woman realizes, "The snake and God were only props/ she discarded when she left Adam/writhing on the ground." Male and female characters are equally pitiful, yet the poet's strength rests in her ability to avoid wallowing in sympathy for them.
- Rochelle Ratner, formerly Poetry Editor, "Soho Weekly News," New York
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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