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Poetry. "TULIP FARMS AND LEPER COLONIES is a brilliant and funny motion picture of American life, narrated by Charles Harper Webb, but starring all of us-especially those of us who wince at the word 'downsizing,' open personal form letters announcing a ten million dollar prize, and watch Laurel and Hardy. In poem after amazing poem, Webb gets it exactly right, his extraordinary vision transforming our words into our world. Here is a book by a major poet of the twenty-first century whose work is both complex and ...

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Poetry. "TULIP FARMS AND LEPER COLONIES is a brilliant and funny motion picture of American life, narrated by Charles Harper Webb, but starring all of us-especially those of us who wince at the word 'downsizing,' open personal form letters announcing a ten million dollar prize, and watch Laurel and Hardy. In poem after amazing poem, Webb gets it exactly right, his extraordinary vision transforming our words into our world. Here is a book by a major poet of the twenty-first century whose work is both complex and accessible"-Maura Stanton. Webb is the author of five previous books of poetry, including Liver, which won the 1999 Felix Pollack Prize, and Reading the Water, which won the S.F. Morse Poetry Prize and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781929918157
  • Publisher: BOA Editions, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 11/1/2001
  • Series: American Poets Continuum Series
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 5.78 (w) x 11.26 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Table of Contents

To Make My Countrymen Love Poetry 3
Funktionslust 9
A Girl's Best Friend 11
To Prove that We Existed Before You Were Born 13
Times Stringer Meets the Credit Repairman 15
Potato Bug 17
Beggars 19
Reading The Canterbury Tales, I Mourn Lost Words 21
Language as Self-Defense 23
Flu 25
Helpless 26
Reading About Rwanda 29
Feeling Sorry for Myself 31
Yiddish for Goys 33
So Help Me God 36
Charles Harper Webb 41
Vikings 43
A Salesman and a Librarian 45
I Love Fly-Fishing So Much 46
Hard-Boiled Eggs 48
Birdcage 50
The New Marriage 52
Against Sentimentality 53
Naming Our Boy 55
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2004

    Impossible not to Smile with Webb

    Even when Charles Harper Webb's collection 'Tulip Farms and Leper Colonies' confronts such difficult topics as death, aging parents and one's own mortality, it is difficult not to smile. Reading Webb's poems is like chatting with a good friend, one who always manages to see the good in life, one who knows just how to explain things. To call Webb accessible does not imply that what he does is simple. Too many poets rely on obfuscation to show that they are 'serious' artists. Well, Webb is a serious artist. But he also tells it like it is (like a cleaned up Bukowski) in clear yet evocative language. Some of his poems are just outright funny such as 'Yiddish for Goys' and 'To Make My Countrymen Love Poetry.' But even when funny, Webb speaks the truth.

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