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The Brother's Country

The Brother's Country

by Tom Andrews

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Library Journal - Library Journal
This first collection, selected by Charles Wright for ``The National Poetry'' series, introduces a poet with a distinct voice and compelling subject matter: his brother's traumatic 24-year life. In the title sequence, Andrews focuses on specific events: the birth, a blood clot, an angel's visitation, etc., proving himself adept at conventional observation. In the final sequence, ``A Language of Hemophilia,'' Andrews takes Samuel Beckett and George Oppen as masters, applying language to break the constraints of life and death. While at times it becomes a mere play on words, the intensity of the subject is never far from the reader's mind. Unfortunately, shorter poems between these two masterful sequences are mediocre at best, often assuming a literary or religious persona. They lead one to question whether Andrews will retain his high power once he has written out his original source material.-- Rochelle Ratner, formerly Poetry Editor, ``Soho Weekly News,'' New York

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Persea Books
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National Poetry Series
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5.41(w) x 8.49(h) x 0.29(d)

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