The Green Tuxedo

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Janet Holmes's second book of poems explores and interrogates the quotidian life of the late twentieth century for what exists behind its often seductive appearance. In these poems we see beneath acceptable, sleek surfaces into the turbulence they often conceal, as the splendid green tuxedo of the title may disguise a heart that harbors racism, fear, and violence. Holmes exhorts us to look beyond the face value of what presents itself, to resist literal interpretations, and to plumb the many depths afforded by ...
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Overview

Janet Holmes's second book of poems explores and interrogates the quotidian life of the late twentieth century for what exists behind its often seductive appearance. In these poems we see beneath acceptable, sleek surfaces into the turbulence they often conceal, as the splendid green tuxedo of the title may disguise a heart that harbors racism, fear, and violence. Holmes exhorts us to look beyond the face value of what presents itself, to resist literal interpretations, and to plumb the many depths afforded by each encounter with the world outside ourselves. In the second half of The Green Tuxedo, Holmes draws on recently discovered diaries kept by her journalist father nearly fifty years before her birth.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780268010362
  • Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Series: Ernst Sandeen Prize in Poetry Series, #1999
  • Pages: 72
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Against the Literal 3
Yellow Period 4
At Tea with the Epistemologist 7
The Duck at Midlife 8
The Blue World 9
The Green Tuxedo 11
Your Bird 14
Adopted Bird 15
Departures 16
Landscape Duel 17
Still Life with Bad Dog 18
Drive Shaft 19
Post-Solstice 20
The Bachelor's House 21
The Aquarium 24
The Mortician's Son 25
Hieroglyphs 26
The Erotics of Detail 28
Florida, 1985 31
Who 32
Particulars 33
A Box of Old Slides 35
What 37
Wild Women I Have Known (Part One) 39
Wild Women I Have Known (Part Two) 42
My Mother's Clown 51
Where 52
Prostrated Over Fiance's Killing 55
When 56
Why 58
How 60
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