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felonies of illusion
     

felonies of illusion

by Mark Wallace
 

Poetry. FELONIES OF ILLUSION is the newest offering of poems from poet Mark Wallace, whose previous titles include HAZE: ESSAYS POEMS PROSE and NOTHING HAPPENED AND BESIDES I WASN'T THERE. "A master at making genre question itself, Mark Wallace gets the square peg in the round hole again. A stark and aphoristic long poem about living and working during the war

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Poetry. FELONIES OF ILLUSION is the newest offering of poems from poet Mark Wallace, whose previous titles include HAZE: ESSAYS POEMS PROSE and NOTHING HAPPENED AND BESIDES I WASN'T THERE. "A master at making genre question itself, Mark Wallace gets the square peg in the round hole again. A stark and aphoristic long poem about living and working during the war--direct, wise, and brave enough to skip the decorative--bumps up against the witty, clanging, angry, top-speed, palimpsestuous title series--lyrics that swallow their own tails. Wallace is cynical, clear-eyed, and resolutely jokey on commerce, war, love (the 'therapeutic use of commitment') and exhausted longing ('This day could be about today, leisurely and bright/if the days weren't stacked like nights inside it.') Nobody gets away with anything in FELONIES OF ILLUSION: we're all skewered until we grimace and grin"--Catherine Wagner.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781890311261
Publisher:
Edge Books
Publication date:
04/28/2008
Pages:
135
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author


Mark Wallace's most recent book is Felonies of Illusion, just out from Edge Books. His most recent book of fiction is Walking Dreams: Selected Early Tales. Wallace has authored more than ten books and chapbooks of poetry, including Nothing Happened and Besides I Wasn't There and Sonnets of a Penny-A-Liner. Temporary Worker Rides A Subway won the 2002 Gertrude Stein Poetry Award and was published by Green Integer Books. His multi-genre work Haze (Edge Books) was published in 2004, and his first collection of fiction, The Big Lie, was published by Avec Books in Fall 2000. His critical articles and reviews have appeared in numerous publications. Along with Steven Marks, he edited Telling It Slant: Avant Garde Poetics of the 1990s (University of Alabama Press) a collection of 26 essays by different writers on the subject of contemporary avant garde poetry and poetics. Wallace teaches literature and creative writing at Cal State San Marcos.

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