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Mephisto's Flea Song

Frost, Richard

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ISBN 10: 1934851558 / ISBN 13: 9781934851555
Published by Marick Press, 2014
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Title: Mephisto's Flea Song

Publisher: Marick Press

Publication Date: 2014

Book Condition:Good

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Richard Frost makes it easy for us to enter his poems, but what happens next is typically unexpected, sometimes demanding, sometimes delightful, but consistently offering his readers the gift of appreciative surprise. -Billy Collins

Richard Frost  is the most urbane nature poet I know, as well as being a formal master and a supremely accomplished weaver of both intimate and familial narratives. Mephisto's Flea Song is Richard Frost's finest work ever, and a genuine cause for celebration. -David St. John

This is a big book--its music is big, its heart is enormous, and its wit never lets us off the edge of that proverbial chair. Richard Ford is a poet whose native skill and whose sheer intellectual scope has few rivals--he can start with Goethe and then take us to Tu Fu and to Goya and to Baudelaire, and at every moment we will find ourselves laughing aloud, then heart-broken, then simply swept by his music, his wonderful formal skill. Unlike many other contemporary formalists, who get the music right but forget that their audience is human, Richard Frost possesses an incredible range of emotion, from wonderful comedy of "My Sullen Art" to the moving, heart-breaking spell of "Photograph: Jews Being Forced to Scrub the Streets of Vienna, 1938." And then that chilling, exuberant sexy "Tyger," and the unforgettable piece, "the Fox," which puts most other fables of nature poetry to shame. And, I love how in his work wit and wisdom are working off each other, and at times--as in his beautiful "In a Film Winding Backwards"--wit and the tragedy of human pathos, also. And, as if this all wasn't enough he also has one of the most musical poems I know about the hearing loss, and then one of the most witty poems about death, appropriately titled "The Chase." You get the point. This is the kind of book in which every poem deserves an excited commentary on the back-cover. He is that good; in fact, he is a Master. This is a book to live with. - Ilya Kaminsky

From the Author:

My new poetry collection, sixty-nine poems in all, includes sonnets and villanelles, blank and free verse, prose poems, ballad meter, and a faux haiku. My subjects include the deaths of pets and parents, and the deaths of birds, dungbeetles, Edgar Allan Poe and a fox in a trap. There are poems about the San Francisco earthquake, a mother's bad cooking, sex and philately, writer's block, William Blake's tiger, Emily Dickinson's fly, a poetic muse in a fire alarm, a detached retina, and the Holocaust. The poems in this book stem from several decades of my career and have appeared in this country's major literary journals. 

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