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Hummock In The Malookas

Hummock In The Malookas

by Matthew Rohrer
     
 

Exploring quirky perspectives on truth, a critically acclaimed collection of poetry explores a landscape of skewed realities in which the impossible becomes familiar. Winner of the 1994 National Poetry Series.A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year; winner of the 1994 National Poetry Series. In the singular landscape of Matthew Rohrer's first book of poems, the

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Exploring quirky perspectives on truth, a critically acclaimed collection of poetry explores a landscape of skewed realities in which the impossible becomes familiar. Winner of the 1994 National Poetry Series.A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year; winner of the 1994 National Poetry Series. In the singular landscape of Matthew Rohrer's first book of poems, the weather, the food, even the household appliances come to life. "A few pages into this book," says the Minneapolis City Pages, "and you'll start glancing sideways at the terrain, which . . . looks suddenly vital." These quirky poems entertain and delicately point to truth. Rohrer illuminates a land of skewed realities where the impossible seems familiar, the sacher torte is afraid to be eaten, and it's always dusk in the forest.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Rohrer, a hip young poet whose first collection here has been selected as a 1994 National Poetry Series winner by Mary Oliver, offers a clue to his work by quoting for an epigraph the surrealist painter, Ren Magritte. Rohrer's imagery is intensely visual, as in the opening lines of ``news of the dead pope'': ``Out of a window musical notes float in single file/ past the windbreak of sage-colored trees.'' In Rohrer's landscape, the inanimate is conscious: dust from a snapped rug hangs angrily in the air; a radio weeps. In another poem, a house looks in on its inhabitants, who are making love in the kitchen: ``The refrigerator shudders and tries to shrug them off''; afterwards, a dessert ``...passes out out from the pain of his first bite.'' The humans of Rohrer's world seem sad and ritual-driven; they too are subject to a reality beyond the expected: there are waiters who are ``ashamed to serve anyone,'' people who have ``tender teeth'' and others who find that their hands, having gained wills of their own, molest passing strangers. From this ordered turmoil of whimsy and highlighted limitation emerges our awareness of a talented new poet of leaping imagination who manages to claim a place among the video generation without sacrificing individual vision or the precise use of language. (Aug.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393315486
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
02/01/1991
Series:
Natural Poetry Series
Pages:
76
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.18(d)

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