The Hemophiliac's Motorcycle

The Hemophiliac's Motorcycle

by Tom Andrews
     
 

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In this second wise and passionate book, Tom Andrews explores illness as a major theme, avoiding sentimentality without being merely confessional.  He advances his considerable talent with great strength and forcefulness.  The poems ae buoyant with humor and mindful of larger mysteries even as they investigate very personal issues.  There is an

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In this second wise and passionate book, Tom Andrews explores illness as a major theme, avoiding sentimentality without being merely confessional.  He advances his considerable talent with great strength and forcefulness.  The poems ae buoyant with humor and mindful of larger mysteries even as they investigate very personal issues.  There is an urgency that is compelling; the work is immersed in the private grief of the speaker without excluding the reader.  There is real and hard-won wisdom and intelligence in the poems, offering genuine surprises and delight; their attractive humility is not a pose.

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"The fresh crispness and limpid clarity of Tom Andrews' poems give them a distinct brightness and accessibility. These are not poems about illness.  They are about the dominion of the spirit when it is rich in imaginination and courage."— Guy Davenport
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Andrews's ( The Brother's Country ) second book, a winner of the 1993 Iowa Poetry Prize, concerns his own illness and a brother's passing. This is delicate writing, as Andrews's voice considers the shadow world of death and retrieves mercy and the mystery of life. The graceful title poem, a hymn of gratitude, describes motocross racing and an injury that threatens the author's life. ``May He adore each moment alive in the whirring world,'' writes Andrews, and ``may the Lord hear our listening, His word like matchlight cupped to a cigarette /the instant before the intake of breath.'' What he does well is take the metaphysical realm and make it physical in words. In ``When Comfort Arrives,'' he writes, ``You're walking, disappearing into a stand of elms / at evening, the way thought disappears before sleep.'' And ``Hymning the Kanawha'' describes his brother's every-other-day dialysis and the disease's progress. The last third of the book is a meditation from a hospital bed. ``Codeine Diary'' was written after Andrews fell on ice and started bleeding in his joints and near his spine. The writing, mostly prose, keeps intimacy and compassion ahead of terror and pain. Andrews clarifies for himself--and us--how life is able to present an ``astonishing calm'' of humor and wisdom, just out of death's reach. (Apr.)
Booknews
A co-winner of the 1993 Iowa Poetry Prize. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780877454526
Publisher:
University of Iowa Press
Publication date:
04/28/1994
Series:
Iowa Poetry Prize Series
Pages:
90
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.40(d)

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