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Opcit at Large: Book Two of The Adventures of Ibn Opcit

Opcit at Large: Book Two of The Adventures of Ibn Opcit

by John Barr


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 The Adventures of Ibn Opcit is a two-volume work by John Barr, first president of The Poetry Foundation. Grace, the first volume of this mock epic, is the master song of Ibn Opcit, a Caribbean gardener/poet condemned to die by torture. In a series of jailhouse monologues we hear him descant on justice, on creation, on America, on death and on life after death. In book two, Opcit at Large, the poet pushes back on his oppressors in three adventures. Like Virgil in the Inferno he visits the afterworld of reincarnation in “The Afterdammit;” he struggles to survive as poet laureate to Africa’s newest President for Life in “Opcit en Afrique;” he orbits earth as “The Last Cosmonaut” on the eve of the fall of the Soviet Union. He comes home with the dignity and strength of one who has survived and prevailed.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781597092593
Publisher: Red Hen Press
Publication date: 01/15/2013
Series: Adventures of Ibn Opcit , #2
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

 The poems of John Barr have appeared in many magazines and have been published in seven previous collections: The War Zone (1989), Natural Wonders (1991), The Dial Painters (1994), Centennial Suite (1997), all by Warwick Press; The Hundred Fathom Curve (1997) and Grace (1999), by Story Line Press; and The Hundred Fathom Curve: New & Collected Poems (2011) by Red Hen Press. Barr has served on the boards of the Poetry Society of America, Yaddo, and Bennington College, the latter as chairman. He has taught in the graduate writing program of Sarah Lawrence College, and was appointed in 2004 the first president of The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine. He lives in Chicago and New York. The Adventures of Ibn Opcit is his eighth collection.

Table of Contents

The Afterdammit

Scene 1 Burnt Offerings 11

Scene 2 Weight Watchers 28

Scene 3 The Itinerant Poker 37

Scene 4 A Momoyama Screen 48

Opcit En Afrique

Scene 1 Breaking News 55

Scene 2 Air Force 1½ 62

Scene 3 Table Talk 78

Scene 4 4-Way Stops 87

Scene 5 The Citizen at the End of the World 98

The Last Cosmonaut: A Christmas Tale

Day 1 Poets Shot from Guns 107

Day 2 Wish You Were Here 114

Day 3 The Wild Colonial Boy 119

Day 4 Ptolemy Was Right 129

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