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Scorpio Rising: Selected Poems

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Culled from six previous collections, Scorpio Rising: Selected Poems, is the culmination of a thirty-five-year career. Katrovas's early poems reflect a harrowing childhood on the highways of America as his parents fled the FBI. They also probe the gas-lit backstreets of New Orleans's French Quarter where "the protean human heart/is nature's crime against us." Witness to Prague's Velvet Revolution while on a Fulbright Fellowship, Katrovas in his later poems meditates upon his own American identity as he raises ...
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Overview

Culled from six previous collections, Scorpio Rising: Selected Poems, is the culmination of a thirty-five-year career. Katrovas's early poems reflect a harrowing childhood on the highways of America as his parents fled the FBI. They also probe the gas-lit backstreets of New Orleans's French Quarter where "the protean human heart/is nature's crime against us." Witness to Prague's Velvet Revolution while on a Fulbright Fellowship, Katrovas in his later poems meditates upon his own American identity as he raises bi-cultural, bilingual daughters. Katrovas's formal verse has an edge we do not usually associate with traditionally formal poetry. Understanding that all gendered identity is a construction, Katrovas explores, as few lyric poets have, the linguistic and emotional contours of "masculinity."
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What People Are Saying

David St. John
For more than twenty-five years Richard Katrovas has written some of the most powerful and compelling poetry in America...Whether reflecting upon his own checkered childhood, the political weathers of Prague, or the delicate nature of his daughters, Richard Katrovas carries us into landscapes of wisdom and beauty, and I promise that his poems will move you like few others. --( David St. John)
David St. John
"For more than twenty-five years Richard Katrovas has written some of the most powerful and compelling poetry in America. . . . Whether reflecting upon his own checkered childhood, the political weathers of Prague, or the delicate nature of his daughters, Richard Katrovas carries us into landscapes of wisdom and beauty, and I promise that his poems will move you like few others."
Gail Wronsky
"'I regard a world/That is beautiful/And rank, and couch what/I see in language/That is palpable/And rude,' writes Katrovas in 'The Book of Complaints,' making an assertion characteristic in both its candor and modesty. I know of no other poet who has so scrupulously turned life into art without killing it; turned street-smart into book-smart without dulling it; turned the masculine passions of a son, a father, a husband, and a lover into exquisitely shaped lyric form without losing the ability to roar. Richard Katrovas is a powerful, thoughtful, and inventively romantic poet who never loses sight of the fact that we are alive inside the complexities of our historical moments; that we are members of a terrible and beautiful tribe. This book demonstrates beyond a doubt that he is one of the most accomplished and significant poets of our time."
Mark Jarman
"For the past thirty years, Richard Katrovas has been one of our most passionate, humane, and accomplished poets. He has meditated on tenderness and violence and knows the friction and resentments of class difference and the frustrations of the disenfranchised. Witness to major political events like Czechoslovakia's 'Velvet Revolution,' he also knows the dignity of the private individual struggling to assert his or her value. This selection of Richard Katrovas's poems, evidence of a unique voice, is a gift to American poetry."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780887485343
  • Publisher: Carnegie-Mellon University Press
  • Publication date: 2/21/2011
  • Series: Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

The author of twelve books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, RICHARD KATROVAS taught for twenty years at the University of New Orleans, and since 2002 at Western Michigan University. The recipient of numerous grants and awards, Katrovas is the founding director of the Prague Summer Program. Married to the yogini Krista Katrovas, he is the proud father of Czech-American daughters, Ema, Anna, and Ella.
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Table of Contents

FROM GREEN DRAGONS, 1983
Bloomfield, Inc.
Father, I Know
Our Island
Elegy for My Mother
The Mystic Pig
Star Boys

FROM SNUG HARBOR, 1986
Shine
"I Feel"
Stalker
No Angels
Cool Wake
Alley Flower
Blues' Body
Kings' Day, 1984
The Waiter
One
A Dog and a Boy
The Beating
Something Short and Ugly
Put Your Fingers Down My Throat
Snug Harbor

FROM THE PUBLIC MIRROR, 1990
The Beautiful Target
My Friends the Pigeons
The Public Mirror
Weasel's Dick
Loving Tourists
The Impossible
Sunday Brunch
Glory's Punk
Jewel's
Ed's Gun
Elegy for John Van Vleck
Timeless Love

FROM THE BOOK OF COMPLAINTS, 1993
The Bridge of Intellectuals
"Socialism with a Human Face"
After Frank Zappa's Visit to the Castle
St. Vitus
Weekend
The Book of Complaints
A Brief History of Your Conception
Black English
A Ride
Eating the Kennedys
These Angels
Lafitte
The Surfer

FROM DITHYRAMBS, 1998
The Child
The Divorce
Brother Love

FROM PRAGUE WINTER, 2004
Rehab
The Dog
The Car, the House
Saint Roch
Second Marriage
Love Poem for an Enemy
The Boxers Embrace
On the Day after Allen Ginsberg's Death Someone Thinks of Me
Pariah
George W. Bush Was Very Nice to Me
The Letters
Germans in the Pool
Tick
Prague Winter: Sonnet Stanzas for My Daughter

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