9780299235840

The Lightning That Strikes the Neighbors' House

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    9780299235840

  • ISBN10:

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-04-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Pr
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Summary

Nick Lantz explores the transformative power of tragic and miraculous experiences, through these poems that illuminate near misses of tragedy and transcendence. His gaze is both roving and microscopic-theChallengerexplosion, Bigfoot, a love letter written from inside a missile silo, a mother naming and re-naming a familyrs"s short-lived pets, and a plea for post-9/11 redemption. Lantz never lets his subjects or his readers off the hook, plunging head first into worlds that are both eccentric and familiar, alarming and hopeful.

Author Biography

Nick Lantz is a former Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellow at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He is author of We Don’t Know We Don’t Know, winner of the Breadloaf Writers’ Conference Bakeless Prize.
Nick Lantz is a former Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellow at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He is author of We Don’t Know We Don’t Know, winner of the Breadloaf Writers’ Conference Bakeless Prize.

Excerpts

     What can be said about grace
                 that does not diminish it?
To play a drunk, the best actors pretend to be sober.
The street mime ladles water
                  from his leaky canoe.
Of the blind dog and the three-legged rabbit he chases, only
     one can be lucky tonight. Our cousins race
                          every train
to its crossing on principle; it’s no surprise they win.
—excerpt from “Conditional”
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