Tulip Farms and Leper Colonies

Tulip Farms and Leper Colonies

by Charles Harper Webb


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Tulip Farms and Leper Colonies by Charles Harper Webb

Poetry. "TULIP FARMS AND LEPER COLONIES is a brilliant and funny motion picture of American life, narrated by Charles Harper Webb, but starring all of us-especially those of us who wince at the word 'downsizing,' open personal form letters announcing a ten million dollar prize, and watch Laurel and Hardy. In poem after amazing poem, Webb gets it exactly right, his extraordinary vision transforming our words into our world. Here is a book by a major poet of the twenty-first century whose work is both complex and accessible"-Maura Stanton. Webb is the author of five previous books of poetry, including Liver, which won the 1999 Felix Pollack Prize, and Reading the Water, which won the S.F. Morse Poetry Prize and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781929918157
Publisher: BOA Editions, Ltd.
Publication date: 11/01/2001
Series: American Poets Continuum Series
Edition description: 1ST
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 5.78(w) x 11.26(h) x 0.36(d)

Table of Contents

To Make My Countrymen Love Poetry3
A Girl's Best Friend11
To Prove that We Existed Before You Were Born13
Times Stringer Meets the Credit Repairman15
Potato Bug17
Reading The Canterbury Tales, I Mourn Lost Words21
Language as Self-Defense23
Reading About Rwanda29
Feeling Sorry for Myself31
Yiddish for Goys33
So Help Me God36
Charles Harper Webb41
A Salesman and a Librarian45
I Love Fly-Fishing So Much46
Hard-Boiled Eggs48
The New Marriage52
Against Sentimentality53
Naming Our Boy55
Death Comes to the Baby Boom58
Second Honeymoon60
Congratulations, Charles H. Webb, You've Just Won Ten Million Dollars65
Waking at 3 AM70
The Lost One72
Unhappy Endings74
Magritte's Le Viol: The Rape76
Why Laurel Stopped Performing After Hardy Died80
The Reason for My Mistake84
Hanging Blinds88
Closing Ceremonies90
"Did that Really Happen?"93
Approaching 5095
About the Author99

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Even when Charles Harper Webb's collection 'Tulip Farms and Leper Colonies' confronts such difficult topics as death, aging parents and one's own mortality, it is difficult not to smile. Reading Webb's poems is like chatting with a good friend, one who always manages to see the good in life, one who knows just how to explain things. To call Webb accessible does not imply that what he does is simple. Too many poets rely on obfuscation to show that they are 'serious' artists. Well, Webb is a serious artist. But he also tells it like it is (like a cleaned up Bukowski) in clear yet evocative language. Some of his poems are just outright funny such as 'Yiddish for Goys' and 'To Make My Countrymen Love Poetry.' But even when funny, Webb speaks the truth.