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So Recently Rent a World: New and Selected Poems, 1968-2012
     

So Recently Rent a World: New and Selected Poems, 1968-2012

by Andrei Codrescu
 

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Raconteur, poet, and NPR commentator Andrei Codrescu delivers in his inimitable, irreverent style a collection that traverses subjects from aging to consumerism, to religion to mass media. Brilliantly funny yet deeply insightful, these poems illuminate Codrescu's acerbic tone and outsized personality and capture the best of his oeuvre.

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Raconteur, poet, and NPR commentator Andrei Codrescu delivers in his inimitable, irreverent style a collection that traverses subjects from aging to consumerism, to religion to mass media. Brilliantly funny yet deeply insightful, these poems illuminate Codrescu's acerbic tone and outsized personality and capture the best of his oeuvre.

Andrei Codrescu was born in Sibiu, Romania, in 1946, and immigrated to the United States in 1966. The author of more than thirty-five books, Codrescu has edited the literary magazine Exquisite Corpse, and his provocative commentary is featured regularly on National Public Radio's All Things Considered. Codrescu currently resides in Arkansas.

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Entertainment Weekly, included in "Must List" (2012 Year-end issue, tablet version)

“One of our most prodigiously talented and magical writers.” —New York Times Book Review

"If Codrescu's poetry has represented to some extent a mordant or ironic paen of the schizophrene, this observer has loved it. By providing this illogical logic, often using a surrealist lens, Codrescu illumines just how fractured our lives have become. He does so with a deft painterly touch. . . . In this new and selected book of poems, Codrescu is still one of our most skilled interlocutors and he sings above the abyss skillfully."—Best American Poetry

"So Recently Rent a World gathers new poems and selections from the 16 books of verse that Codrescu has published since arriving in the U.S. as a teen refuge from communist Romania...'So Recently Rent a World let me to put a period on four decades writing and the old culture that the writing reflected."—The Times-Picayune

"Andrei Codrescu is today the great American poet of intercultural encounter, absolutely exceptional in his capacity to elucidate with analytical power, emotional sensitivity, and lyric force the most revealing points of tension between ethical and imaginative perceptions in a world under the gun. With sympathy for eruptions against authority, Codrescu has infused child-man rebellion and passionate desire into the many poems of self-recollection that are now presented with incisive comment and context in this 408 page collection entitled So Recently Rent a World: New and Selected Poems: 1968-2012."—The Bacon Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781566893008
Publisher:
Coffee House Press
Publication date:
12/11/2012
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
1,385,430
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

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From the Publisher

Entertainment Weekly, included in "Must List" (2012 Year-end issue, tablet version)

“One of our most prodigiously talented and magical writers.” —New York Times Book Review

"So Recently Rent a World gathers new poems and selections from the 16 books of verse that Codrescu has published since arriving in the U.S. as a teen refuge from communist Romania...'So Recently Rent a World let me to put a period on four decades writing and the old culture that the writing reflected."—The Times-Picayune

Meet the Author


Heavyweight Champion Poet, essayist, novelist, screenwriter, and world-class raconteur, Andrei Codrescu was born in Sibiu, Romania in 1946, and immigrated to the United States in 1966. Author, translator, and anthologist of more than thirty-five books, Codrescu has edited the literary magazine Exquisite Corpse, and his provocative commentary is featured regularly on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. His honors include the Peabody Award for his film Road Scholar, the international Ovidius Prize, the ACLU Freedom of Speech Award, as well as a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship for poetry. Codrescu currently resides in Arkansas, while continuing to serve as MacCurdy Distinguished Professor of English at Louisiana State University.

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