9780252072406

American Ghost Roses

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  • ISBN13:

    9780252072406

  • ISBN10:

    0252072405

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2005-04-30
  • Publisher: Univ of Illinois Pr
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Summary

In his first book as the poet laureate of Illinois, Kevin Stein shoulders an array of poetic forms, blending pathos, humor, and social commentary. These poems--ranging from meditative narratives to improvisational lyrics--explore art's capacity to embody as well as express contemporary culture. Stein embraces subjects as various as his father's death, magazine sex surveys, Kandinsky's theory of art, the dangling modifier, Jimi Hendrix's flaming guitar, racial bigotry, and a teacher's comments on a botched poem. Presiding over this miscellany are ghosts of a peculiarly American garden of dreamers and beloved misfits, those redeemed and those left fingering the locked gate.Kevin Stein is Poet Laureate of Illinois and the Caterpillar Professor of English at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. He is the author of the poetry collections A Circus of Want, Bruised Paradise, and Chance Ransom, as well as the critical studies James Wright: The Poetry of a Grown Man, and Private Poets, Worldly Acts: Public and Private History in Contemporary American Poetry.A volume in the Illinois Poetry Series, edited by Lawrence Lieberman

Author Biography

Kevin Stein is the poet laureate of Illinois and the Caterpillar Professor of English at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois.

Table of Contents

One
Wishful Rhetoric
3(4)
Two
To the Reader Awakened by a Noisy Furnace
7(2)
An American Tale of Sex and Death
9(4)
Reintroductions
13(2)
Adolescent Hemlock
15(2)
In the House of Being
17(5)
The Cost
22(1)
Revelation in Pinks and Red
23(2)
Superstitious Manna
25(1)
Kandinsky's Concerning the Spiritual in Art
26(3)
Windfall
29(1)
Upon Witnessing My Mother Impossibly Blossom above My Father's Deathbed
30(5)
Three
Love Poem with Knife and Last Cut Zinnia
35(3)
Sappho's Fragment 63
38(2)
Instructor's Comments on the Poem "Eden Sleeping," Circa 1975
40(2)
How He Answered the Glossy Magazine's Mate-Poaching Survey
42(2)
Upon Blowing Our Chance to Meet the Poet Laureate, Who's Probably a Nice Guy
44(2)
Etiquette and Epiphany in the Post-Workshop Men's Room
46(2)
The Other One
48(2)
To Bob Marley's Toe
50(2)
Ghosts
52(2)
To Bananas
54(2)
Reliquary
56(5)
Four
Thinking of Kandinsky while Shaving My Father
61(2)
Theory & Practice
63(2)
Valentine's Day Boxing at the Madison County Jail
65(5)
Found in a Shoe Box Labeled "Keep"
70(4)
In the Nuclear Age
74(2)
Upon Freeing the Ruby-Throated Hummingbird Beak-Stuck in a Screen Door
76(2)
To Wheelbarrows
78(2)
While Writing This Poem, My Horse Jumped the Pasture Fence
80(2)
These Gifts
82(2)
Won't You Stand Next to My Fire
84(2)
Tract
86

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