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Mean
     

Mean

by Colette LaBouff Atkinson
 

ISBN-10: 0226030598

ISBN-13: 9780226030593

Pub. Date: 10/15/2008

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

In the appropriately titled Mean, Colette LaBouff Atkinson’s speakers confront a series of cruel lovers, estranged ex-husbands and ex-ex-wives, neglectful parents, disrespectful children, menacing drunks, would-be rapists, well-meaning but ineffectual teachers, and that annoying kid in first grade who wouldn’t leave you alone. Managing to

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In the appropriately titled Mean, Colette LaBouff Atkinson’s speakers confront a series of cruel lovers, estranged ex-husbands and ex-ex-wives, neglectful parents, disrespectful children, menacing drunks, would-be rapists, well-meaning but ineffectual teachers, and that annoying kid in first grade who wouldn’t leave you alone. Managing to “say” what most of us would only think but never dare speak out loud, this stunning debut collection reveals that the horrors and cruelty we experience in everyday life can turn out to be very real indeed. But Atkinson does not merely rake her subjects across the coals: she deftly exposes, instead, how the world mirrors back to us our own meanness, lending it a truth and a history. In forty-three deadpan, often merciless prose poems that are masterpieces of the form, Mean lays bare the darkness within the narrator’s heart as well as in ours.   
           

"Colette Labouff Atkinson’s artful laconicism attains the force of a shout, without ever raising its voice. The intelligent, merciless narrative cool arrays a sad comedy, with an unemphatic but penetrating 'and then . . . and then': accounts of love pursued far more often than it is glimpsed or realized."—Robert Pinsky
 
 
 
 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226030593
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
10/15/2008
Series:
Phoenix Poets Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
72
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.20(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
 
Space Race     
Mean
Mean, Part Two
Medium Intense Red Copper
Rocket
Loose  
Heat Wave
Hart Crane Slept Here
Four
London (1987)           
Wrecking
Three Days of the Condor
The Glass Show Lounge
Bakasana
Deal
I’m sorry I was blind  
Hover
Intention (The Dead Leaves)
Gain
Spring Fling
New World
Laurel 
Replacement Monkey 
Spirit
Proximity
Juju’s Sister
Gun Dog
Flower Girl
Park Bench
Perhaps this verse would please you better—Sue—(2)
Prosthetic
Garden Variety
For God’s Sake, Get Out
Route
1652
Graphic Novel Romance (V for Vendetta)
Ghost Squad
Hips
1971
Port of Los Angeles
Taking it like a little soldier, aren’t you?
Fortune-Telling
Gardena Freeway, California           
 
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