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Famous Persons We Have Known (Hardback)
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Famous Persons We Have Known (Hardback)

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Hardback 88 Pages / Published: 31/01/2000
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In this collection of poems we indeed meet the famous persons promised in the title: Lon Chaney, Jr. buying eggs and bananas at a Capistrano Beach supermarket; Elvis "slipping out / with raccoons and owls to buy pink / Cadillacs for anyone that moved him;" Marshal Dillon, his head split by a surfing mishap; even Geronimo, galloping back toward nature, "ruined for love." But this books is about more than famous people. From the car and kokanee-chocked waters of Montana to an art gallery in Utah where the narrator doesn't meet a famous poet laureate, Robbins traces his own heritage and ours by connecting past and present, the dead and living. He does so with sly humor, a naturalist's precision, and a potent lyricism. The cumulative effect is that of a building rhythm that echoes our own trembling relationship to the land that somehow sustains us-"because," as the narrator says in "Bread," the collection's final poem, "feeding / the hungry is what it's always all about."

Publisher: University of Washington Press
ISBN: 9780910055659
Number of pages: 88
Weight: 331 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm

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