Fata Morgana mingles personal experience, history, mythology, politics, and natural science to explore the relationships of conception and perception, the self finding its way through a physical and social world not of its own making, but changing the world by its presence.
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Fata Morgana: Poems

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Fata Morgana mingles personal experience, history, mythology, politics, and natural science to explore the relationships of conception and perception, the self finding its way through a physical and social world not of its own making, but changing the world by its presence.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

In his intense and mournful fifth collection, Shepherd (Some Are Drowning) mixes myth, TV, street lingo and fidelity to the poetic tradition to create poems that elegize a world which, as in the phenomenon after which the book is titled, is distorted and bent out of shape. Opening with a series of stunning, possibly autobiographical revisions of the Orpheus/Persephone myth ("One death/ or another every day, Tanqueray bottles/ halo the bed and she won't wake up/ all weekend"), Shepherd continues through cautionary tales for an era when almost everything seems unsafe ("I left my love of me behind/ to fester in the slough of cast-off self/ -regard, with other toxic wastes, condoms/ I forgot") and redressed literature for a darkened age ("Ophelia/ sings flowers in hell to all the goodnight/ ladies"). A 9/11 poem confesses to the obsession TV engenders: "I have watched twin towers fall/ a dozen times." Shepherd's rigid stanzas and ear for music in a minor key spread this bad news beautifully. (Feb.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822991014
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
  • Publication date: 2/25/2007
  • Series: Pitt Poetry Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 112
  • File size: 506 KB

Meet the Author

Reginald Shepherd is the author of four books of poetry: Otherhood, a finalist for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize; Wrong; Angel, Interrupted; and Some Are Drowning, winner of the Associated Writing Programs' Award. He is the editor of The Iowa Anthology of New American Poetries . He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Illinois Arts Council, and the Florida Arts Council, among other awards.
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Table of Contents

Five Feelings for Orpheus 3

Orpheus Plays the Bronx 6

Persephone's Celestial Sphere 7

How People Disappear 9

For My Mother in Lieu of Mourning 11

Suture 12

Probably Eros 14

Remainder's Edge 15

Even This 17

Refrain 21

Pear Tree, Bartlett, Quotations 23

At Weep 25

Things Waiting to Be Dangerous 27

Boy, Allegorically Deployed 29

Brightness Falis 31

Mappa Mundi 33

Cloud Chamber 34

Waterfront 37

You Also, Nightingale 39

Topograph 43

Some Kind of Osiris 44

Naturalism 46

Kinds of Camouflage 48

Respite 50

Itinerary 51

Homeric Interim 55

Turandot 57

Narcissus to Echo 60

Snowdrops and Summer Snowflakes, Drooping 62

Eve's Awakening 63

The Tendency of Dropped Objects to Fall 65

Objects in Mirror Are Closer than They Appear 67

Self-Portrait in the New World Order 69

Dust 71

My Desert 73

While the Temptations Are Singing "I Wish It Would Rain" 76

Come This Far 81

Thieves Like Us 83

These Are the Things 85

A Handful of Sand 86

The Navigators 88

With the Wind Blowing Through It 92

Light Years 94

Angles of Vision 96

Somewhere Outside of Eden 98

Hesitation Theory 99

One of the Lesser Epics 100

You, Therefore 101

Acknowledgments 103

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