The Brass Girl Brouhaha

Overview

Winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award for a first book of poetry. In wild, zany, often hilarious language, this poet writes about what it’s like to be a woman, a mother, a wife, an ex-wife and a poet in 21st century America. Linda Gregerson has commented that Blevins writes “the freshest poetic line that America has produced in 30 years.”

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Overview

Winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award for a first book of poetry. In wild, zany, often hilarious language, this poet writes about what it’s like to be a woman, a mother, a wife, an ex-wife and a poet in 21st century America. Linda Gregerson has commented that Blevins writes “the freshest poetic line that America has produced in 30 years.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931337106
  • Publisher: Copper Canyon Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2003
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Adrian Blevins was born in Abdingdon, VA in 1964, and holds graduate degrees from Hollins University and Warren Wilson College's MFA Program for Writers. A 2002 recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writers' Foundation award for poetry and the author of The Man Who Went Out for Cigarettes, a Bright Hill Press award-winning chapbook, Blevins lives in Roanoke, VA with her husband and three children, and teaches at Roanoke College. She will begin teaching at Colby College in Maine in the fall of 2004.

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Table of Contents

Life History
Life History 1
Life and Art 4
The Famous Men Who Made Me 6
Of Cliches and Superstitions 10
The Interrogative Sentence 13
Women's Lib 16
Our Lady of Perpetual Bad Luck 18
Generally Speaking 20
The Other Cold War
The Other Cold War 25
Failing the Republic 27
The Magnificence of Rain 29
Girl, Eighth Grade, Two or Three Copies of The Autobiography of Malcolm X Lying Around the House 31
Defects of the Adolescent 33
Mid-Divorce Weather Report 35
Turning Thirty-Six 37
Spy Story 39
Hansel on the Highroad 41
The Last Lap of the Daytona 500
Unusual Summer Weather 45
Xanthe, The Master Gardner, Dies at 50 of an Unhappy Marriage 47
Story of the Wisconsin Blizzard 49
The Last Lap of the Daytona 500 52
Billy Joel Gets Philosophical on Bravo 54
Kings of the Trampoline 58
He Says, She Says 61
November Neurosis 63
Ritual and Rhetoric of the North American Baby Shower
Ritual and Rhetoric of the North American Baby Shower 69
Childbirth 74
Still Life with Peeved Madonna 76
The X Games 77
My Happiness 79
Etude for the Birth Year 81
April Song for August 82
Nap Time 83
Channel 58
Democracy and its Discontents 87
The End of Beauty 90
For My Students 92
Baptism 94
Channel 58 96
Case Against April 101
Invective 104
Waking Up 106
Notes & Acknowledgments 111
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