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GREAT AMERICA: Poems

McManus, James

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ISBN 10: 0060553472 / ISBN 13: 9780060553470
Published by Harper Collins, New York, 1993
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8vo. Brown cloth with gilt lettering on spine. SIGNED and INSCRIBED by the author on half title page: "Phil - I hope you enjoy one or two of these. I'm also a fan by the way, of Montana and Ondaatje. Peat peat peat peat, Jim McManus". Bookseller Inventory # 000031

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Title: GREAT AMERICA: Poems

Publisher: Harper Collins, New York

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: Stated First edition.

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Although the titles of some of the selections in this collection ("Gespensterwellen" or "Counting Her Syllables Before They're Hatched") suggest nonsense, it is enigma that results instead. McManus's poems and one short prose piece juxtapose life from the tabloids against a poetic vision in which sense is apt to jitter into fragments as the attention focuses. "Splashwater Falls the Shock / Wave the Shooting Gallery / rhythmic percussion is African melody / more European this dismal cock / galvanizing ritual just because Peewee was framed." Intimate confession lies alongside crass or ridiculous fantasies in a matrix of many barriers and abandoned hints. The middle-aged narrator of "Smash and Scatteration," having displayed his sexy and forthright "fiancee Linda Krajacik" (" 'Yo, tell me about it, Mr. Premature / Ejaculation,' she snaps, whapping a palm with a fist"), goes on in "Wisconsin," another piece, to ogle the body of nubile teenager Katie Krajacik, who plays "center field on my daughter Mairead's fast-pitch softball team." Should we sort it out, leave it alone or call the police? McManus's dada verve gains more than a little from its Chicago context. "Slash Art," which he terms a "manifesto," offers: "In the meantime / people who read books, employ good old fugal procedure, and understand rules / can change quickly will make much more / interesting art, and much much more money."
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