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Divorce Boxing: Poems

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A collection of poems by D.C. Berry.

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Overview

A collection of poems by D.C. Berry.

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What People Are Saying

Coleman Barks
"Dave Berry reminds me of that rusty crow in Wallace Stevens' 'No Possum, No Sop, No Taters,'

Bright is the malice in his eye. . . .

One joins him there for company,
But at a distance, in another tree.

But this is a more high-spirited wasteland than that, full of lusty language and tasty fallings-in and out of love. I like cruising it."

Dana Gioia
"At once lyric and satiric, this always delightful and occasionally scary book not only documents 'the woe that is in marriage' but it also reveals the surreal goofiness of being single again. D.C. Berry has not just written a compelling book. He has also crafted a deeply humane one."
Walt McDonald
"D.C. Berry's poems in Divorce Boxing blend earthy wit and insights, like a good tall tale. I'm touched and entertained by the comedy and clear-eyed honesty of Berry's metaphors. His poems insist, Listen, there's this mundane world we're trapped in, with its toupees, divorce courts and obligations—including parents aging and dying—and there's the irresistible world of daydreams—romantic, righteous, and erotic."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780910055444
  • Publisher: Eastern Washington University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1998
  • Pages: 80
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

D.C. BERRY (David Chapman Berry) is a professor of English at The Center for Writers, The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He has been published in journals too numerous to list, and in several anthologies of Southern writing. He has received grants from The Southern Federation of States Arts Agencies and the Mississippi Arts Commission. His first book was Saigon Cemetery, The University of Georgia Press, 1972.

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Table of Contents

DIVORCED
Miss Coca Cola
Speedy Toupee Sees Through Himself
The Cactus, A Divorce Present
Stained Glass
On Reading Poems To A Class At South High
Frisbee Love Takes Biloxi Beach
Cigar
Cafe
Eating A Fish After I'd Seen My Face In The Pond
Bachelors and Young Ladies
Hog Myth
Poodle
The Stump On The Okatoma Creek Sandbar
Thinking Too Much: The Dancing Bear
Couch
Questions
The Wife Of The Field Trials Wins The Ribbon
Wiper
Kitchen
Cross
Divorce Boxing

MARRIED
The Hornet Nest On The Bogue Homa
Thorn
All Roads Lead To The Woodville Depot
Travel
Circus
Partners
As To Mr. Yeats's Golden Bird Silliness
Brokenleg
Climbing The Family Tree
The Name On Mother's Check
Adultery
After Adultery
Cancer
Supper
How Cow Bones Look After Your Wife's Run Off
Shaving Daddy
Daddy
Mother's Sidewalk
Marina Lounge
Mother
Ten-Pound Bible
Students
Your Shadow Is Death's Accountant

DIVORCED
Confusion On The Mississippi Riveria
Jilted Is Bad Even In Wonderland
Speed Love Of The Sparrow And Swallow
Three Florida Oranges
Hawk Formal, The Way To Go When God's Deaf
Pier Midnight
The Italy Not In The Travel Brochures
Sparrow
Divorcee, The Snow Woman
Shark
First Birthday After Second Divorce
Love Bugs
Betty's Birthday Rocket
Vietnam, Martini, And Cigar
Cigarette
Plumbing
Ex-Wife
Slingshot Bunny
Wishbone
Insomnia

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