Live from the Homesick Jamboree (Paperback)
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Live from the Homesick Jamboree (Paperback)

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Paperback 68 Pages / Published: 30/10/2013
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Live from the Homesick Jamboree is a brave, brash, funny, and tragic hue and cry on growing up female during the 1970s, "when everything was always so awash" that the speaker finds herself adrift among adults who act like children. The book moves from adolescence through a dry-eyed, poignant exploration of two marriages, motherhood, and the larger world, with the headlong perceptiveness and brio characteristic of Adrian Blevins's work. This poetry is plainspoken and streetwise, brutal and beautiful, provocative and self-incriminating, with much musicality and a corrosive bravura, brilliantly complicated by bursts of vernacular language and flashes of compassion. Whether listening to Emmylou Harris while thinking she should be memorizing Tolstoy, reflecting on her "full-to-bursting motherliness," aging body, the tensions and lurchings of a relationship, or "the cockamamie lovingness" of it all, the language flies fast and furious. As the poet Tony Hoagland wrote of Blevins's previous book, The Brass Girl Brouhaha, "this is the dirty, trash-talking, highly edified real thang."

Publisher: University Press of New England
ISBN: 9780819574619
Number of pages: 68
Weight: 104 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 4 mm


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"In long-lined, energetic poems that focus on her dysfunctional family, is angry with everyone, including herself, but still manages to have a good time. ... Lively and readable, this new work artfully captures the problems that accompany unskilled parenthood and divorce."--Ellen Kaufman, Library Journal

"This book is rich with words from every register, and they are roughed-up and sand-papered and worshipped and flung. The AC/DC-ness of them is nothing if not a mirror of what it is to live--which is awfully like what it is to love."--Ellen Dore Watson, author of This Sharpening

"Adrian Blevins is a transcendent poet of the family in all its discontent and turbulence. Hers is a world of crush and gorge. And that gorge is deep and beautiful, but there's always a party brewing on the cliffs and dancing to be done on its crumbling edges, swords to be unsheathed, and words like stars to lasso and spin into her glittering lines."--Barbara Hamby, author of Babel

"A genuine tale of sorrow and celebration, Live from the Homesick Jamboree is masterful and riveting to the last line. Replete with imagery that is not only breathtaking but unmistakably real, this collection stands as Adrian Blevins's most haunting work yet."--Tawnysha Green, Southern Humanities Review

"In long-lined, energetic poems that focus on her dysfunctional family, is angry with everyone, including herself, but still manages to have a good time. Lively and readable, this new work artfully captures the problems that accompany unskilled parenthood and divorce."--Ellen Kaufman, Library Journal

"Like Hart Crane, she forces disparate elements into the same space, crafting contradictory structures that complement a poet so desperately in love, and in hate, with her world and herself."--Abigail Deutsch, Poetry magazine

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