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Sidebend World

Sidebend World

by Charles Harper Webb
Sidebend World

Sidebend World

by Charles Harper Webb


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With eleven full-length books and a spate of major prizes, Charles Harper Webb—once a well-kept secret in the poetry underground—has gained national recognition as a writer of poems that are complex yet reader-friendly. Sidebend World shows clearly why Webb has been called one of the most inventive, incisive, and psychologically astute poets writing in the U.S.A. today, as well as one of the most entertaining.    

Webb is celebrated for his use of humor; yet even his funniest poems rise, as the best humor must, from serious concerns. Powered by an uncompromising but compassionate intelligence and an abiding wonder at the beautiful strangeness of the world, Sidebend World explores with clarity and vividness a wide range of emotions—love to hate, tenderness to brutality; yet, above all, Webb is a poet of praise. Metaphors of startling aptness and originality, a distinctive voice at once provocative and endearing, high musicality, propulsive energy, wild imaginative leaps, as well as mastery of diction from lyricism to street-speak, create a reading experience of the first order. These poems go down easy, but pack a wallop. As Robert Frost said poetry should do, Sidebend World "begins in delight and ends in wisdom."

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ISBN-13: 9780822986225
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 10/16/2018
Series: Pitt Poetry Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 88
File size: 558 KB

About the Author

Charles Harper Webb has published twelve books of poetry, including Brain Camp. Webb’s awards in poetry include the Morse Prize, the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, the Felix Pollock Prize, and the Benjamin Saltman Prize. Webb is Professor of English at California State University, Long Beach, where he teaches in the MFA Creative Writing Program.

Table of Contents

Contents Sidebend World Part I Animals in the News Building a Turtle Gratitude for Dark Energy Dominion of Blue Evolution of Love Poetry Snapshots of Alpaca Why I Won't Mind If My Fruit Trees Don't Produce This Year High Winds, Becoming Gusty at Times Box of Butterflies World's Fattest Man Is Missing Have I Got a Script For You Nice People Aren't So Bad When I Think of Happiness, "Enthusiasm Should Be Tempered" Subjective Wave Bait Ball Part II People Think I'm a Gourmet Chef Getting to Know My Neurotransmitters Laughing Song Guys in Chairs Making History A Far Cry from Eli Whitney Custer's Last Handstand Be Careful Poison Oak Fear Factor You Don't Want To Meet the Ai-Uru Here Be Monsters Propitiate Parasites Thirteenth Floor Elevators Recommendations We Rarely Mark When They've Occurred: Part III Swept Away Husband The Woman on the Cover of Glamour Magazine Bouncing the Porpis Snails Stinging Tree Emergency Glass A TV Writer's Best Friend Rain Stick See What You're Missing! "Face-Eating Rottweiler, Free to Good Home" Meanwhile, Back on Mt. Olympus . . . Hero Food Nice Hat Ginsu Turtle Hunt And Yet, Down the Bayou Acknowledgments

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