American Fanatics

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A book of contemporary poetry exploring the fine, shifting line between faith—secular and spiritual faith—and fanaticism in an insecure age, American Fanatics is a lyrical, pop-culture inflected meditation on democracy, morality, beauty, commerce, and the cost of falling dreams.

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Overview

A book of contemporary poetry exploring the fine, shifting line between faith—secular and spiritual faith—and fanaticism in an insecure age, American Fanatics is a lyrical, pop-culture inflected meditation on democracy, morality, beauty, commerce, and the cost of falling dreams.

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American Fanatics is driven by a diction that is electrifyingly alive with the idiosyncratic pulse of our strange particular historical moment that includes pet dogs slaughtered by coyotes, mystical Vietnamese nail salon workers, and ephebiphobiacs wandering our sunny streets, these poems enchant and inspire. Part hip metaphysician, part late corrupted dharma bum, Dorothy Barresi is also Simic- or Marquez-like in her regard for the world, which allows her to evoke a magically realistic panorama that comes to resemble, as we make our way through this wonderful book, our own entropic world. I haven’t been this excited and optimistic about the state of American poetry in a long time, and I can’t wait for you to read this book.”
—Bruce Weigl

“Force and grace are two words I think of when I think of Dorothy Barresi’s poetry: lyrical and beautiful, tough and tragic, hers is a poetry that is written in the American grain.”
—Stephanie Brown

“A can’t-miss collection for anyone who’s ever admitted, ‘Lord I’m scared.’”
Santa Barbara Independent

Dana Jennings
Poetry is not polemic, but a much subtler knife. Dorothy Barresi grasps that fully in American Fanatics…and her eye and language are always sharp.
—The New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822960799
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2010
  • Series: Pitt Poetry Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

I Security

American Fanatics, 3

Lucky Nails, 6

Security 8

The Backyard, 10

Small Casket, 13

Blue Distances, Northern California, 16

Dying Your Black Clothes Black, 17

Ephebiphobia, 19

Arriving Late at the Birthplace of Pentecostalism, 21

Litany with Garbage Keeper and Bones, 23

II Hell

A Series of Earnest Offers, for the Raising of a Man from the Dead, 27

Pocket Vampire, 29

Hell, 30

Linnet Street, 33

Something in the House Was Beeping, 36

Face Lift, One, 38

Aubade with Eggs Breaking, 40

My Gothic, 42

Tijuana Clinic, 43

It Is Good to Be amongst Catholics Again, 46

III Responsibility

A Shopper's Prayer, 51

Diet Frosting, 52

Mollie Fancher, Marvelous Invalid, Lives without Food!, 54

New Trousseau, 56

Responsibility, 58

Don't Leave Me This Way, 59

Summer Replacement: Pure Jesus, Early Morning Shift, 62

When I am sick of working, 63

If God Were a Wiseguy, 65

IV A Selective History Of Los Angeles, In Seven Turns

Where Will You Spend Your Eternity?, 69

A Selective History of Los Angeles, in Seven Turns, 71

V How's The World Treating You?

Visiting Hour, 77

John Lennon's Lips, 79

Spellbind, 81

Spirit Photograph, 83

Winter Nap, Late Afternoon, 85

Stereotype, 87

Motion Picture and Television Arts Home for the Aging, Woodland Hills, California, 89

The Last Poem, 91

How's the World Treating You?, 93

Notes, 97

Acknowledgments, 99

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