Chance Ransom: Poems

Overview

Winner of Poetry's Frederick Bock Prize and the Indiana Review Poetry Prize, Kevin Stein casts a wide net over the "ineffable befuddlement" of everyday life. His poems render history's chance larder of the consecrated and profane from which we ransom our fate.

Often improvisational and always lyrical, Stein's poems move effortlessly through the art of Beckmann and Degas, the music of Bob Marley and garage bands, and the pathos of cancer patients, factory workers, and victims of ...

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Overview

Winner of Poetry's Frederick Bock Prize and the Indiana Review Poetry Prize, Kevin Stein casts a wide net over the "ineffable befuddlement" of everyday life. His poems render history's chance larder of the consecrated and profane from which we ransom our fate.

Often improvisational and always lyrical, Stein's poems move effortlessly through the art of Beckmann and Degas, the music of Bob Marley and garage bands, and the pathos of cancer patients, factory workers, and victims of bigotry. Insightful and refreshingly unaffected, Chance Ransom explores the shifting shore between self and other with clarity and compassion.

About the Author:

Kevin Stein, a professor of English at Bradley University, Illinois, has published two previous collections of poetry, Bruised Paradise and A Circus of Want, as well as two critical studies, Private Poets, Worldly Acts and James Wright: The Poetry of a Grown Man.

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Yusef Komunyakaa
Kevin Stein's Chance Ransom possesses a narrative thrust that is instructive to the modern heart, and this haunting collection also shows us what we have often been cultivated to overlook. There's a deep seeing in Chance Ransom where forthrightness and honed beauty earn our trust. The everydayness of life is the foundation of this wonderful collection that troubles the waters of a kingdom out of reach and within us--the dualism of pathos and happiness that makes us whole.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780252068621
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2000
  • Series: Illinois Poetry Series
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

In the Kingdom of Perpetual Repair 3
Garage Museum 6
Lyric for the Coroner's Heart 9
John Brown's Face 11
Upon Hearing Bob Marley Say "...Life Is Worth Much More than Gold," the Trinity Graces My Bug-Spotted Windshield 15
One History 17
Halloween, St. Luke of the Poor Oncology Clinic 19
Thinking of Genesis while Watching the Oscars 22
While I Burned the Autumn Garden 23
Our Armor 25
First Day, Container Corporation of America, June 1972 27
After Camelot 31
Poem Buried in a Time Capsule to Be Unearthed Spring 2097 34
Home Economics 35
Politics of Mop and Sponge 37
To the Bookstore Manager Who Stuffs Each Purchase with a How to Get a Refund Bookmark 39
Because You're American 41
Juliet Prowse and the Cast of Can-Can Dance of Nikita Khrushchev, Hollywood, 1959 43
That Other Four Letter F-Word the Gods So Love 45
Sales 48
Full Moon at Tree Line, San Juan Range, Colorado 52
Logos 54
Fishing Naked 59
In Thanks of Visitations 69
March, Where the Kickapoo Bends 71
Little Puddles, Spring Buckets, the Earth Awash 73
On Landscapes, or Cutting My Son's Hair at the Kitchen Sink 74
What I Hate about Postmodernism 76
Late Valentine, with Daisies 78
Yesterday 81
Tomorrow 82
Last Cut 83
Gods of the Second Chance 84
Confessional 86
Because I Wanted to Write a Happy Poem, I Thought of Harry Caray's Dying 88
Husk 90
Beanstalk 92
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