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Salvage Operations: New and Selected Poems

Mariani, Paul L.

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ISBN 10: 0393028631 / ISBN 13: 9780393028638
Published by W W Norton & Co Inc, New York, 1990
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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185 pages. INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR to poet John Engels on title page. Clean, unmarked copy with only minor edgewear to dust jacket. Record # 459538. Bookseller Inventory # 459538

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Title: Salvage Operations: New and Selected Poems

Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc, New York

Publication Date: 1990

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Poems deal with love, family, immigrant America, nature, childhood, and death.

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American poets have a penchant for mythologizing their personal lives in the sometimes mistaken belief that the public exposure of private trauma can elevate mere biographical detail from the mundane to the universal. Writing in this vein, Mariani, poet and biographer of William Carlos Williams and John Berryman, relentlessly mines chapters from his family history. Mariani chronicles his blue-collar childhood in technically proficient poems that are ponderous and full of bluster, though in the few poems where the poet restrains rather than unleashes his ego, he can be effective. Drawing inspiration from the two poets whose lives he has examined, Mariani is a poetic hybrid, combining a gritty urban realism with inflated personal mythmaking. Unfortunately, the result is poetry concerned mostly with solipsism. For comprehensive poetry collections only.
- Christine Stenstrom, New York Law Sch . Lib.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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