Nobody Lives On Arthur Godfrey

Nobody Lives On Arthur Godfrey

by Gerald Costanzo
     
 


"For twenty years I have enjoyed the high intelligence and marvelous, civilized wit of Gerald Costanzo's poems. These new poems are his best yet, sharper and more highly skilled, the products of a poet who has devoted his life to the thing he loves." —Paul Zimmer  See more details below

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"For twenty years I have enjoyed the high intelligence and marvelous, civilized wit of Gerald Costanzo's poems. These new poems are his best yet, sharper and more highly skilled, the products of a poet who has devoted his life to the thing he loves." —Paul Zimmer

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
There is an odd nostalgia in Costanzo's ( In the Aviary ) collection. With references to silver Cadillacs, Marilyn Monroe, Patty Duke and Carl Yastrzemski, the poet concentrates on an American scene in places like Hollywood, Las Vegas and Miami Beach and condemns the kitsch of popular culture. For instance, he derides the equation of freedom and justice symbolized by ``Mannikins dressed / to resemble Hayley Mills / and Dean Jones / wrested from the fiery / train wrecks of the cinema.'' Strangely, the poems don't take into account the fact that the popular culture that Costanzo focuses on has been supplanted by new icons and symbols, such as MTV and voice mail. One poem envisions future archaeologists rediscovering hot dog stands in Miami Beach rather than taco bars or the more pernicious relics of the drug trade. The poem ends with seemingly portentous words: ``And since this was all they knew-- / all this much-- /they assumed they knew it all.'' Though the reader is left with the ironic insinuation of the last lines, the speaker has made no reference to the real Miami Beach of the 1990s. (Oct.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780918526922
Publisher:
BOA Editions, Ltd.
Publication date:
01/01/1994
Series:
American Poets Continuum Series
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
77
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.60(d)

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