Blues for Unemployed Secret Police

Blues for Unemployed Secret Police

by Doug Anderson

Paperback(1 ED)



Doug Anderson's "Blues For Unemployed Secret Police" dramatically reflects his experience of growing up in the sixties, serving as a field medical corpsman in Viet Nam, and confronting the modern era where "a good torturer can always find a job." With passion, humor, and strikingly original images, these poems illuminate everything from bad politics to love gone wrong.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781880684702
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Publication date: 04/28/2000
Edition description: 1 ED
Pages: 72
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Doug Anderson has written two books of poems of which The Moon Reflected Fire won the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and Blues for Unemployed Secret Police a grant from the Eric Matthieu King Fund of the Academy of American Poets. His play, Short Timers, was produced at New York's The Theater for The New City in 1981. He has written film scripts, fiction and criticism and is at present at work on a novel about human trafficking. He earned a Phd from the University of Connecticut and teaches at the Hartford campus. His awards include fellowships from the NEA, the Virginia Quarterly Review, Poets & Writers, Inc., The Massachusetts Artists Foundations, The MacDowell Colony and other funding organizations. His work has appeared in Poetry, The Massachusetts Review, The Connecticut Review, The Southern Review, Ploughshares and many other literary magazines.

Table of Contents

I. Blues

The Visit
Blues for Unemployed Mercenaries
Blues for Unemployed Secret Police
Ars Poetica Blues
New Woman Blues
History Blues

II. All of This

All of This
Oedipus Blind
The Oracle
Between Passion and the Next Thing
Turning Fifty
In Heaven
Phan Thiet
Frankfurt, 1972
Return, Winter 1994

III. Homage to Neruda

We Agree to Sleep for a Week
Colonial Album
The Torturer's Apprentice

IV. Answering Adorno 

Homage to Pound
Something to Get Him Through
Critical Theory
Answering Adorno
Ars Poetica
Town Meeting


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