American Fanatics

American Fanatics

by Dorothy Barresi
     
 

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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.  See more details below

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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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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822960799
Publisher:
University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date:
08/28/2010
Series:
Pitt Poetry Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
562,807
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

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