Uses Of Adversity

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The Uses of Adversity— titled after the line from As You Like It, “Sweet are the uses of adversity” - is a collection of one hundred sonnets cobining the craftiness of traditional form with the effortlessness of free verse.  The language is often richly textured and musical, often plain spoken and conversational, but always witty and accessible.  The subject matter ranges widely from Rootie Kazootie and Froggy the Gremlin, Howdy Doody and Elvis Presley, to Christopher Columbus, Khrushchev, Kennedy, and ...

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Overview

The Uses of Adversity— titled after the line from As You Like It, “Sweet are the uses of adversity” - is a collection of one hundred sonnets cobining the craftiness of traditional form with the effortlessness of free verse.  The language is often richly textured and musical, often plain spoken and conversational, but always witty and accessible.  The subject matter ranges widely from Rootie Kazootie and Froggy the Gremlin, Howdy Doody and Elvis Presley, to Christopher Columbus, Khrushchev, Kennedy, and Kevorkian; from Donald Duck, Mandrake the Magician, Li’l Abner and the Creature from the Black Lagoon, to Shakespeare, H.P. Lovecraft, Transtromer, Rilke, Wittgenstein, and Nietzsche; from the tradtional themes of lyrics - love (both sacred and profane), death, the changing of the seasons, marriage, birth, divorce, childhood, sex, religion,art, the natural world, illness - to the most unexpected and quirky contemporary narratives.

The title sequence, which explores a father’s illness and death, is both elegiac and celebratory, evoking the conflictual bonds in any father-son relationship.  In these sonnets, by turns hilarious and heartbreaking, Wallace once again proves himself to be one of our most versatile and affirmative poets.

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Editorial Reviews

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“His prose poems are brief glimpses into a visionary world with haunting analogies to our own. The tone ranges from weird humor through the poignant and melancholy to the genuinely scary. The images are hard and clear.”
Library Journal

“It is not surprising to discover . . . that Edson is an artist as well as a poet. His treatment of language is essentially plastic, verging at time on the cubistic.”
Poetry

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822956716
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
  • Publication date: 3/5/1998
  • Series: Pitt Poetry Series Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 80
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Ronald Wallace is the author of nuerous books of poetry, including: Long for This World: New and Selected Poems; The Uses of Adversity; Time's Fancy; People and Dog in the Sun; and The Makings of Happiness. His works of literary criticism include: God Be with the Clown: Humor in American Poetry; The Last Laugh: Form and Affirmation in the Contemporary American Comic Novel; and Henry James and the Comic Form. Wallace is Halls-Bascom Professor of English, Felix Pollak Professor of Poetry, and codirector of the creative writing program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Table of Contents

Where Are They Now? 3
Howdy Doody 4
Froggy the Gremlin 5
War Games 6
The Funnies 7
The Voyeur 8
Weird Tales 9
The Tivoli 10
Dogs (1) 11
The Killing Jar 12
1960 13
Gin Lane 14
Statutes of Limitation 15
Delayed Reaction 16
Temps perdu 17
Milk Toast 18
Unto You a Son 21
1958 22
The Friday Night Fights 23
The Uses of Adversity (1) 24
Needles 25
The Last Resort 26
Another Think Coming 27
My Father: A Life 28
Thanksgiving 1994 29
The Uses of Adversity (2) 30
Doctor Death 31
Safety First 32
Crowned 33
Coaching 34
Fielding 35
Hunting 39
Tonight's Lecture 40
Rich 41
Albert's Osprey 42
Osprey 43
Swamp 44
Feeding the Bananaquits: Maho Bay 45
The Bad Snorkeler 46
Seasick 47
Metaphor as Illness 48
Going Deaf 49
Tomatoes 50
Conspiracy Theory 51
Guilty 52
Dogs (2) 53
Accident 54
In Our Parents' Bed 55
Old Man Jokes 56
Alzheimer's 57
At the Vietnamese Restaurant 58
Living with Pain 59
Bluebirds 60
The Faithful 61
God's Handiwork 62
The American Dream 65
Broken Sonnet 66
Mr. Nice Guy 67
To Worry 68
Decision Making 69
Mind & Body 70
The Pen Is Mightier 71
The Aesthetics of Beauty 72
Breasts 73
Panties 74
Masculine Endings 75
Mermaids 76
In the Garden 77
On Time 78
Hostage 79
The Student Theme 80
The Bad Sonnet 81
L=a=n=g=u=a=g=e 82
Les poetes celebres 83
The McPoem 84
American Sonnet 85
Sonnet to My Socks 86
Sea Changes 87
Meteors 91
Pomegranates 92
Morning Glories 93
Come Out 94
The Calling 95
The Cat and the Night 96
Life or Death 97
Golden Gate 98
Thin Ice 99
A Mind of Winter 100
Waxworms 101
The Wish 102
Skin 103
The Seahorse 104
The Reef 105
Sharks' Teeth 106
Tropes 107
An Essay on Love 108
Cat in the Snow 109
The Last Sonnet 110
Man Sleeping 111
Acknowledgments 113
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