The Chronic Liar Buys a Canary

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The debut collection of poems by Elizabeth Edwards.
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The debut collection of poems by Elizabeth Edwards.
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This volume is a book of poetry I think secondary school students would like. The words aren't too dense on the page, the language and style are smart but accessible, and the wry sense of humor is always inviting. Edwards uses the reassuring, beguiling tone of everyday speech to lure readers in. She writes in the style many students do, but better. Take the opening stanza of the longish poem that starts Part IV, titled simply: "Laura, Fifth Grade": "Maybe it was her willingness / to let the boys pencil-poke her arms / or her calm compliance / as they twisted half-licked suckers / in her pale hair, that made us ostracize her." Or, this from the beginning of "The Name of the Game": "This is about doing ninety on the Pennsylvania turnpike / the whole way home and no ticket." There's a blurb from writer Sherman Alexie on the back that sums up the book's appeal nicely. He says the poems "elevate and irritate, they inspire and depress, they mythologize and demonize. It's a powerful first book. Read it." KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2004, Carnegie Mellon Univ. Press, dist. by Cornell Univ. Press, 92p., Ages 15 to adult.
—Daniel Levinson
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780887484094
  • Publisher: Carnegie-Mellon University Press
  • Publication date: 2/27/2004
  • Series: Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

ELIZABETH EDWARDS was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She earned an M.A. in Writing from the University of New Hampshire and has won several prizes and awards for her poetry, most recently a National Endowment for the Arts and Maine Arts Commission fellowship. Her work has appeared in many journals, including Ploughshares, The Southern Review, Witness, The Cream City Review, Cimarron Review, and The Antioch Review. She now lives on the southern Maine seacoast.
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Table of Contents

Rewinding Dorothy
On the Train from Boston to DC in Dead Winter
Los Angeles Blackout
A Family Scatters Ashes over the Piscataqua Memorial Bridge in December
The Chronic Liar Buys a Canary
Hernando County Chain Gang, Central Florida
Yard Sale, 7 Dennett Road: A Visit to the Menagerie
The Glass Alligator
At the Crawford County Fair

Angelfish Sonnet
Cora Chasing Pigeons in Prescott Park, Sept. 13, 2001
Dia de los Muertos: Dawn at Seapoint Beach
The Art Forger's Pentimenti
Unfinished Chapters
Sunset at Frick Park: The Dream of a Curveball
Walking Back to Your Place after the Argument
Lunar Eclipse
On the House
Fever adn a List of Snow Cancellations
Buying Makeup
"Unidentified Boy by the Monongahela River: Circa 1917" •

The Propman and the Angel
Walking Home Hungry after Church
Jesus in the Garden of Earthly Delights
Selling Computers over the Phone
Empire State Building with First Husband
Arranged Marriage, Georgia, 1838
It's Sort of Like This
Lindow Man
Clarity
Sleeplessness and the March of Civilization

Laura, 5th Grade
The Name of the Game
Mise en Scene
Manipulators of Light
Perspectives
Hammer
Nail
After Grandmother's Funeral
Psych 101 Halloween Field Trip, Western Psychiatric Institute of Pittsburgh

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2008

    A Personal Rating...

    This is my old smoking buddy, Liz, who was a student of Poetry at the University of New Hampshire where I met her within the same poetry Masters program many moons ago. Her poetry was great while she was in school so I can only imagine now that it is even better now and probably worth purchasing. If you like other titles that the respected Carnegie Mellon University Press puts out, then this one by Mellon graduate, Elizabeth Edwards, should most definitely be on your 'buy list'. I would give it an outstanding rating most likely if I had it in front of me to read but since I don't I will definitely recommend it.

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