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Famous Last Words

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Catherine Pierce’s debut, Famous Last Words, is a love letter to life, poetry, and all things American. Beginning with a series of literal love poems (to the word “lonesome”, to blank space, to doo-wop, to fear, etc.), Pierce whisks the reader on a cross-country road trip (both literally and figuratively) that takes a tangential spree into a series of genre films and ends with gallows humor in the re-imagining of the events surrounding the famous last words of icons like Billy the Kid, Marie Antoinette, Isadora ...
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aturnalia Books 2008 Softcover 88 pages. Softcover. Brand new book. POETRY. Winner of the 2007 Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize, Selected by John Yau. Catherine Pierce's debut, ... Famous Last Words, is a love letter to life, poetry, and all things American. Beginning with a series of literal love poems (to the word "lonesome", to blank space, to doo-wop, to fear, etc. ), Pierce whisks the reader on a cross-country road trip (both literally and figuratively) that takes a tangential spree into a series of genre films and ends with gallows humor in the re-imagining of the events surrounding the famous last words of icons like Billy the Kid, Marie Antoinette, Isadora Duncan, and Pancho Villa. From start to finish, Pierce's book is a delight to the senses, a playful, nostalgic dance that ends with the reader wanting more. The Table of Contents of this book is as follows: Love Poem to Sinister Moments • Love Poem to the Word Lonesome • Love Poem to a Blank Space • Love Poem to America • Love Poem Read more Show Less

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Overview

Catherine Pierce’s debut, Famous Last Words, is a love letter to life, poetry, and all things American. Beginning with a series of literal love poems (to the word “lonesome”, to blank space, to doo-wop, to fear, etc.), Pierce whisks the reader on a cross-country road trip (both literally and figuratively) that takes a tangential spree into a series of genre films and ends with gallows humor in the re-imagining of the events surrounding the famous last words of icons like Billy the Kid, Marie Antoinette, Isadora Duncan, and Pancho Villa. From start to finish, Pierce’s book is a delight to the senses, a playful, nostalgic dance that ends with the reader wanting more.
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“Pierce’s book won the 2007 Saturnalia Prize (selected that year by John Yau), but it possesses none of the signs of a first book. Her ambitions are high, but she often meets those ambitions–variety of topic with a consistency of voice, a willingness to dabble outside of the mainstream of poetry, and a substantial command of language balanced by grace and simplicity.”—Patrick Kanouse, Gently Read Literature
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780975499078
  • Publisher: Saturnalia Books
  • Publication date: 1/31/2008
  • Pages: 80
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

CATHERINE PIERCE Pierce grew up in Delaware and now lives in Starkville, Mississippi, where she is an assistant professor of creative writing at Mississippi State University. She is the author of a chapbook, Animals of Habit (2004).
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Table of Contents

Love Poem to Sinister Moments
Love Poem to the Word Lonesome
Love Poem to a Blank Space
Love Poem to America
Love Poem to the Phrase Let's get coffee
Love Poem to Doo-Wop
Love Poem to Longing
Love Poem to Fea
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Project Yourself Here
Domesticity
Cross-Country Song
While You Sleep, I Watch Myself Die
Advice on Travel
This Is Not an Elegy
Fat Tuesday
Retrospect
Invention
Apostrophe to the First Gray Hair
Adolescence
We Are in Love
Memphis
Epithalamium
Endearments
Why You Love the Annoyances in Your Dreams
The man in the photograph
In Which I Imagine Myself Into a Western
In Which I Imagine Myself Into a Slasher Flick
In Which I Imagine Myself Into a Film Noir
In Which I Imagine Myself Into a David Lynch Movie
The Poem I Cannot Write For You
The Heaven I Hope For
Graceland
Nor Hell a Fury
Evolution
Postcards Nos. 1-6
Conscience
Perseids
Instinct
Ubi Sunt
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"Quien es?"
"Well, gentlemen, you are about to see a baked Appel."
"Pardonnez-moi, monsieur."
This is funny."
"Goodbye, my friends! I go to glory."
"Stopped."
"Don't let it end like this. Tell them I said something."
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