The Body Mutinies

Overview

In poems that are at once colloquial and elegant, Perillo strives to bridge the gap between the exuberant voice of the streets and the rarefied voice of literary tradition. Using the long lines and narrative style that have been identified with some of the finest male poets of our times, Perillo tells the stories of female experience with a grim eye for the comic and an ear turned to language's highest pitch.
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Overview

In poems that are at once colloquial and elegant, Perillo strives to bridge the gap between the exuberant voice of the streets and the rarefied voice of literary tradition. Using the long lines and narrative style that have been identified with some of the finest male poets of our times, Perillo tells the stories of female experience with a grim eye for the comic and an ear turned to language's highest pitch.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557530837
  • Publisher: Purdue University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1996
  • Pages: 91
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Table of Contents

How Western Underwear Came to Japan 3
Skin 4
Inseminator Man 6
Durable Goods 9
The Life Opaque 10
Lost Innocence of the Potato Givers 11
The Professor Wonders If His Daughter Will Understand Tragedy 14
Tripe 15
On the Sunken Fish Processor Tenyo Maru 16
At Saint Placid's 19
Chekhov's Cruelty, Chekhov's Grace 20
Death Gets a Chair 22
On a Streetcorner in Merida 27
The Roots of Pessimism in Model Rocketry, the Fallacy of Its Premise 29
The Body Mutinies 30
Retablo with Multiple Selerosis and Saints 31
Flesh Tooth House 35
Elephant 36
Kilned 38
From the Occupied Zone 39
Women Who Sleep on Stones 40
On Belay 41
Thinking about Illness after Reading about Tennessee Fainting Goats 42
Compulsory Travel 45
The Tone 47
Rutter's Field 49
Limits 51
July 4, 1966 56
Old Story 58
Needles 60
Autumn, 1939 64
The Double Issue 65
Three Zen Poems with My Mother and Crows 67
Monorail 68
"What One Loves Are Things That Fade" 71
For My Washer and Dryer 72
The Marshall Street Poster of Marilyn Monroe 75
Archaeology of the Bed 77
Black Girls 78
On the Female Serial Killers 79
Barbie Tells Her Biography 81
An Amplified Gesture 83
Annunciation at a Foreign Film 84
Dressage 86
Cairn for Future Travel 87
The Body Rising 88
Notes 91
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