Room Service: Poems, Meditations, Outcries & Remarks

Room Service: Poems, Meditations, Outcries & Remarks

by Ron Carlson
     
 

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How did one of America’s most gifted fabulists come to write a collection of poetry? For thirty years, Ron Carlson has joked about writing one poem a year, and to look for his book of them in 2012. The joke came true: Room Service: Poems, Meditations, Outcries and Remarks is a genre-bending collection of traditional verse, prose poetry, microfiction, and&See more details below

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How did one of America’s most gifted fabulists come to write a collection of poetry? For thirty years, Ron Carlson has joked about writing one poem a year, and to look for his book of them in 2012. The joke came true: Room Service: Poems, Meditations, Outcries and Remarks is a genre-bending collection of traditional verse, prose poetry, microfiction, and—why not?—a play or two, dancing easily from the lyrical to the surreal to the comical, capturing the long sweep of life’s simple necessities and small triumphs. Brimming with Carlson’s signature good humor, these pieces were written over many years in many places, and are unified, as befits a first book of poetry, by hope. Room Service reminds us why poetry is necessary, and will leave you wondering what took him so long.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Carlson writes about the natural world with convincing authority…with Ron Carlson, you really are in expert hands.”
—The New York Times Book Review

“Carlson never drops an extra word or a false phrase.”
The Washington Post

“Carlson’s a romantic—even when he’s writing about failings, folly and violence.”
The Los Angeles Times

“Carlson’s focus is transporting, absorbing. It shakes you from stupor, strips you down. He understands that most of us live in a world of enervating crap, whether in the cliffs of Idaho or the canyons of the city.”
Esquire
 

“Carlson captures the ordinary occurrences that define our lives.”
—Publishers Weekly

“Carlson transforms the comic junkpile of Americas waning prosperity into a livable, if harsh, landscape.”
The Chicago Tribune

Library Journal
Let's begin with a declarative statement: the only thing worse than a poet writing fiction is a novelist who writes poetry. Not that one should oppose authors writing in different genres, but there can be something rather perfunctory about the whole enterprise because it seems to imply that being a good fiction writer gives one equal facility in other modes. Carlson (The Signal) is primarily a fiction writer, and while his new book touts itself as a collection of "poems, meditations, outcries & remarks," it reads like unfinished prose pieces that were reframed—either excerpted from longer works or simply ventilated with line breaks—in the hope that such changes would add value to them. The vignettes touch on many well-worn literary themes: love affairs, bulls in china shops, and other examples of existential uncertainty. The book is replete with self-deprecation, sometimes an admirable quality, but one that can also serve the unintended purpose of shielding the author from criticism. But not this time. VERDICT Books demand time and effort from their readers, but this collection of outtakes gives little in return.—Chris Pusateri, Jefferson Cty. P.L., Lakewood, CO

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597092555
Publisher:
Red Hen Press
Publication date:
01/01/2013
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
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