Water Puppets

Water Puppets

by Quan Barry

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Winner of the 2010 Donald Hall Prize in Poetry

In her third poetry collection, Quan Barry explores the universal image of war as evidenced in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as Vietnam, the country of her birth. In the long poem “meditations” Barry examines her own guilt in initially supporting the invasion of Iraq. Throughout the manuscript she investigates war and its aftermath by negotiating between geographically disparate landscapes—from the genocide in the Congo—to a series of pros poem “snapshots” of modern day Vietnam. Despite the gravity of war, Barry also turns her signature lyricism to other topics such as the beauty of Peru or the paintings of Ana Fernandez.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822978312
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 08/28/2011
Series: Pitt Poetry Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 88
File size: 610 KB

About the Author

Quan Barry is the author of two previous poetry collections: Asylum and Controvertibles. She is professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she directs the MFA program in creative writing.

Table of Contents

Contents lion learning the tones Galilee reportage Black cricket in the doorway, on the ceiling, in arsenal lament Arequipa Cruz del Condor Monasterio de Santa Catalina Thanksgiving different location, same outcome Sunday Essay Sweeney on Her Wedding Night meditations If only I had been able to form the idea of a substance that was spiritual self-portrait with a pair of open scissors de natura vincularum effigy Quan Âm poem poem poem poem poem poem history vigil ode Acknowledgments

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