Feet First

Feet First

by Dion Farquhar, Douglas McClellan
     
 

Feet First by Dion Farquhar, a 2008 Sinclair Poetry Prize Finalist

 
“Dion  Farquhar  straddles  the  experimental  and  the  traditional  with  a  gutsy, funny, raw, heartful, in-your-face New Yorker stand up, stand out style. She does so brilliantly with a voice

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Feet First by Dion Farquhar, a 2008 Sinclair Poetry Prize Finalist

 
“Dion  Farquhar  straddles  the  experimental  and  the  traditional  with  a  gutsy, funny, raw, heartful, in-your-face New Yorker stand up, stand out style. She does so brilliantly with a voice that seems to rise out of the Metropolis itself, one that catches the  speed  and  power  of  the  city  and  that  delights  in  the  play  of  contradictions. 
Meshing  indictment  with  celebration,  her  solidly  historical  poems  speed  readers through  the  decades  without  being  shrill  or  doctrinaire—and  with  humor,  irony, wistfulness, and always—the high-energy of an omnivore.” —Robert Sward, New & Selected Poems, 1957-2011 
 
 “The  poems  in  Feet  First  constitute  a  spiritual  autobiography  of  sorts, exhilarating and eclectic, in which Farquhar, as if in a dire debate with the forces of abnegation  and  despair,  complacency  and  blankness,  musters  a  barrage  of remembered intensities from her childhood in the fifties and youth in the sixties and early  seventies—which  she  concretizes  with  an  abundance  of  details,  spotlighting fleeting transcendencies (of sex and music and protest, i.e., friendship and fellowship) and  making  virtual  memes  of  the  minutiae  of  Baby  Boom  material  culture—the better to celebrate the deeper triumphs and quieter joys of achieving a productive and nurturing  middle age.  These  poems  are too urgent  to settle for mere  scorn  of  the alienating political context in which many of them are placed; at the tragic divide that every  work  of  art  is  poised  at  at  every  phase  of  its  realization,  the  self-indictment Farquhar, we gather, stands in greatest horror of is “Too little too late.” Anyone who ever  ran  way faster  for  wearing  their Red Ball Jets will feel clutches of recognition while reading these poems.” —Jeffrey Gustavson, Editor, Epiphany 

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ISBN-13:
9780982010570
Publisher:
Evening Street Press
Publication date:
04/01/2010
Pages:
72
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.20(d)

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