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Liver

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Charles Harper Webb is a poet of contradictions: humor and heartbreak, depth and accessibility, playfulness and seriousness, raw energy and careful craft. His poems glorify the spirit, but also the flesh, exemplified by the liver, "Organ whose name contains the injunction Live! ... great One-Who-Lives, so we can too." Even at their darkest, their most outraged and sorrowing, Webb's poems affirm the world.
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Overview

Charles Harper Webb is a poet of contradictions: humor and heartbreak, depth and accessibility, playfulness and seriousness, raw energy and careful craft. His poems glorify the spirit, but also the flesh, exemplified by the liver, "Organ whose name contains the injunction Live! ... great One-Who-Lives, so we can too." Even at their darkest, their most outraged and sorrowing, Webb's poems affirm the world.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780299165741
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Series: Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 80
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Harper Webb is professor of English at California State University, Long Beach, as well as a psychotherapist in private practice. He has previously published a novel, The Wilderness Effect, and a book of poems, Reading the Water, and has edited two other collections of poetry.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Wedding Dress 3
The Weight of Knowledge 5
The Lighthearted Story of a Young Girl Raised by Trolls 7
Myopia 9
Over the Town 11
Biblical Also-Rans 13
Persistence of Sound 15
Musk Turtle 17
Heart 19
Von Osten, His Teacher, Speaks of Clever Hans 20
Tone of Voice 22
Beachcomber Hotel, Papeete 23
Floating Loin 25
Tenderness in Men 28
Towel Boy 29
Lost Lives 37
The Age of Orange: A History Inferred from Sentences in the Oxford English Dictionary 39
Rumpelstiltskin Convention 42
The Secret History of Rock & Roll 44
Stegosaurus 47
Tarantula 49
Watch for Deer 51
Cherubs 53
Munchausen's Syndrome 55
Gifts 57
Scarcity 58
Legacy 60
"Octopus" 61
Trust 63
Prozac 65
The Function of Poetry 67
Byron, Keats, and Shelley 68
Poem on My Anniversary 70
Someone Else's Good News 73
Photo Titled "Birth" 75
Lampwick 76
Coach Class Seats 78
Confidence 80
George 82
Mother Asleep 85
At Summer's End 87
Losing My Hair 89
It's Good That Old People Get Crotchety 91
Love Poetry 93
Identifying with the Buddha 95
Chapel in the Pines 98
Inheritance 100
Liver 102
Descent 106
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