The Route As Briefed

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1999-06-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Michigan Pr
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The Route as Briefedcollects prose by Pulitzer Prize winning poet James Tate. It is an amazingly eclectic collection, offering essays, interviews, short-short stories, memoirs, and even a recipe for squirrel brains in black butter. The essays and interviews touch on themes ranging from poetic influences to MFA programs, and from the role of humor in poetry to the nature of regional writing. The fiction selections--none more than four pages long--are as engaging as their titles, e.g.,Despair Ice Cream, Running for Your Life, Dreams of a Robot Dancing Bee, Pie, andA Cloud of Dust. The memoirs include Tate's journal entries during a trip to Spain, and a long piece on the father he never met, killed in action during World War II. In typical Tate style, the book continually straddles the line between fiction and autobiography, entertaining readers with amusing accounts of the poet's own experiences while drawing on these to narrate the fictional stories as well. James Tate is Professor of Poetry, University of Massachusetts. He is the author of a number of books of poetry, includingWorshipful Company of Fletchers: Poems, 1994;Selected Poems, 1991;Distance from Loved Ones, 1990. He has received several awards for his work, including the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1992.

Table of Contents

Live Yak Piep. 1
At the Ritzp. 7
The Route as Briefedp. 10
Despair Ice Creamp. 41
Interview (1975-1978)p. 43
What It Isp. 67
The Sun's Pets: From a Journal 1976-1977p. 69
Running for Your Lifep. 86
Interview (1979)p. 90
Welcome Signsp. 108
On Influencep. 113
Dreams of a Robot Dancing Beep. 118
A Box for Tomp. 120
Vacationp. 127
Tatters of the Morpho Butterflyp. 133
A Cloud of Dustp. 143
Squirrel Brains in Black Butterp. 146
The Thistlep. 148
The Corner Sweptp. 151
Piep. 153
Dear Customerp. 156
On the Prose Poemp. 158
Interview with Richard Jackson (1982)p. 159
Second Interview with Richard Jackson (Dec. 22, 1997)p. 166
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