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Warhol-O-Rama
     

Warhol-O-Rama

by Peter Oresick
 

Published on the occasion of Andy Warhol's 80th birthday, Warhol-o-rama surveys the extraordinary life—and robust afterlife—of Andy Warhol (1928-1987). In this rollicking poetic sequence Peter Oresick reads Warhol through the eyes and words of others—from critics to Catholics to Carpatho-Rusyns. The result is an unorthodox and entertaining serial

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Published on the occasion of Andy Warhol's 80th birthday, Warhol-o-rama surveys the extraordinary life—and robust afterlife—of Andy Warhol (1928-1987). In this rollicking poetic sequence Peter Oresick reads Warhol through the eyes and words of others—from critics to Catholics to Carpatho-Rusyns. The result is an unorthodox and entertaining serial portrait of an American artist whose 15 minutes of fame seem to have no end in sight.

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Library Journal

Don't read these poems for lyricism or metaphor. Read them for their sense of play, cleverness, and driving energy. Oresick (coordinator, Low-Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing, Chatham Univ.) had the difficult task of recording a life in poetry; on the whole, he succeeds. Not only will readers learn facts about Andy Warhol's life, but the tone is also light, mocking, and always culturally relevant. Because it is a one-theme book, Oresick wisely incorporates a variety of forms: lists, bios, interview poems, a horoscope, and prose poems. The references are amazingly up to date: "Before blogger puked & lost it (dorm's DSL crashed!!!),/I saved my post in MSWord, yet somehow got screwed./...where's my precious post? Poof-poof!" While always honoring the pop artist, Oresick also uses pastiche to capture his subject: "Andy Warhol is canoodling with Capote in a corner banquette." But then he quickly reverts to the specific; he calls the artist "the confluence of the Allegheny and the Monongahela." Perhaps, in his rush to record the details of the artist's life, the writing sometimes becomes too specific and proselike. But where else can you find a bio with lines such as these?: "Appearance: Gilgamesh/Height: Prussian asparagus/Hair: None." Oresick could have been describing his own book in "Andy Warhol for Kiss and Tell": "Bohemian life so deliciously dished/you laugh out loud." Recommended for all academic and larger public libraries.
—Doris Lynch

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780887485039
Publisher:
Carnegie-Mellon University Press
Publication date:
08/01/2008
Series:
Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series
Pages:
104
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.30(d)

Meet the Author

Peter Oresick coordinates the Low-Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing at Chatham University. He also teaches publishing at the University of Pittsburgh and at Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University.

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