The Women Who Loved Elvis All Their Lives


A collection of poetry by Fleda Brown.
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A collection of poetry by Fleda Brown.
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Editorial Reviews

Obviously, this collection of poems is organized around the impact and influence of Elvis Presley. Each poem recounts biographical, musical, and cultural images of the phenomenon that was Elvis and sets them within snippets of the time period in which he lived. So along with the familiar details of Elvis and Priscilla, Elvis and his mother, Elvis and the Army, are references to Teflon, transistor radios, Ed Sullivan, Sputnik, the pill, Nixon, and the death of Princess Di. None of this follows a strict chronological ordering, but it begins with Elvis in the Sun Records studio and loosely follows through the details of his life from observers' perspectives. Featured prominently as the last section of the book is a tour of Graceland through the thoughts of fans as they tour the "Living Room," "Elvis's Bedroom," "Lisa Marie's Favorite Chair," "The Jungle Room," and "The Meditation Garden." These are not poems about those rooms in Graceland or about Elvis's life as much as they are poems about the icon of Elvis Presley: voices recounting how Elvis was a part of their own lives whether through his music, his TV image or his physical presence. "Ho hum, I thought the songs / were for me" says one persona looking over the famed Trophy Room. The poems raise the issue of what popular culture says about what we value while they recount the images of a man rather than the man himself. KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2004, Carnegie Mellon Univ. Press, 66p., . Ages 15 to adult.
—Janis Flint-Ferguson
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780887484032
  • Publisher: Carnegie-Mellon University Press
  • Publication date: 3/26/2004
  • Series: Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 72
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

FLEDA BROWN is the author of four previous collections of poems: Fishing With Blood (winner of the Great Lakes Colleges New Writer’s Award), Do Not Peel the Birches, The Devil’s Child, and Breathing In, Breathing Out (winner of the Philip Levine Prize). Her poems have appeared in Poetry, The Kenyon Review, Southern Poetry Review, American Poetry Review, and other journals, and they have been used as texts for several prizewinning musical compositions. Ms. Brown holds a Ph.D. from the University of Arkansas, and is co-editor of Critical Essays on D.H. Lawrence. She and her husband live in Newark, Delaware, where she is Professor of English at the University of Delaware and directs the Graduate Student Poets in the Schools program. Ms. Brown is poet laureate of Delaware.
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Table of Contents

The Original Sun Recording
Tillywilly Fog
Collar Turned Up Like Elvis's
Elvis Aaron and Jesse Garon
Visiting Vernon at Parchman Prison
Memphis Discovers Elvis
If I Can Dream
Elvis Goes to the Army
The Death of Gladys

Elvis Reads the Story of the Woman at the Well
The Women Who Loved Elvis All Their Lives
Priscilla Presley, 1962
Elvis Decides to Become a Monk
Shaking Hands With Nixon
Sputnik, 1957
The History of Rock and Roll: Country, Gospel, Blues, Rock and Roll
I Escape With My Mother in the DeSoto
Bus Stop
Industrial Teflon Comes into Use for Kitchen Pots and Pans

Elvis Acts as His Own Pallbearer
Dead Elvis
The Night Before Her Third Marriage, She Watches a Rerun of Elvis's Comeback Performance
Mrs. Louise Welling Spots Elvis at Harding's Market
Mrs. Louise Welling's Daughter Linda Never Sees But Believes
I Visit the Twenty-Four Hour Coin-op Church of Elvis
Elvis Reads "The Wild Swans at Coole"

Flying to Memphis
The House on Garland Street
Driveway to Graceland
Living Room
Elvis's Bedroom
The Kitchen
Lisa Marie's Favorite Chair
The Jungle Room
The Mirrored Stairwell
The Trophy Room
The Meditation Garden

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