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The Garbage Eater: Poems (Paperback)
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The Garbage Eater: Poems (Paperback)

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Paperback 80 Pages / Published: 30/04/2011
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Publisher: Northwestern University Press
ISBN: 9780810127456
Number of pages: 80
Weight: 159 g
Dimensions: 216 x 184 x 10 mm


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"Brett Foster's "The Garbage Eater" is a trenchant, lyrical performance that flouts any conventional expectations. His work is shot through with an aching awareness of transcendence or the lack of it. 'From the Tarmac, ' 'Contrition, ' and 'The Foreman at Rest' are only a few of the poems that have stayed with me, in their tenderness, sadness, precision, and miraculous lack of sentimentality. An exceptional collection."

--Rachel Hadas, author of "The Ache of Appetite" and "Laws"
"Brett Foster's"The Garbage Eater" is a trenchant, lyrical performance that flouts any conventional expectations. His work is shot through with an aching awareness of transcendence or the lack of it. 'From the Tarmac, ' 'Contrition, ' and 'The Foreman at Rest' are only a few of the poems that have stayed with me, in their tenderness, sadness, precision, and miraculous lack of sentimentality. An exceptional collection."
Rachel Hadas, author of "The Ache of Appetite" and"Laws""
From the 'garbage eaters' of Berkeley to old Lazarus at Bethany, from the uniquely beautiful bridal caves of Missouri's Ozarks to those ubiquitous Olive Gardens, where 'a million people eat every day, ' Brett Foster finds poetry in kitsch and cathedrals alike. His attention is omnivorous but his touch, his poetic talent, is refined, particular, and piercing. In this wise and accomplished first book, The Garbage Eater, Foster shows us what we too often forget, that the great gift of learning is clarity, and the truest measure of the soul is compassion. Just so, in its deepest moments Brett Foster's poetry is, like faith, a means of transport that movse us from profane experience to stillness and awe."
David Baker, author ofNever-Ending Birds andChangeable Thunder"
"Brett Foster's intense, original poems join the physical spirit and intellect in lines whose current runs as much from contemporary American English as from the Bible, Shakespeare, and Milton. Rodin'sThinker, the perfect emblem for this book, hunched 'with his wide, inhuman knuckles / lodged on his mouth, bows to the physical.' From meditations on Dumpster diving, shock rock, and the DMV to daily life gleaned from ancient Egyptian papyri, Foster draws a sacramental vision of our damaged humanness, 'the clear face of dust.'"
Rosanna Warren, author of Departure andStained Glass"
"Brett Foster'sThe Garbage Eater is a trenchant, lyrical performance that flouts any conventional expectations. His work is shot through with an aching awareness of transcendence or the lack of it. 'From the Tarmac, ' 'Contrition, ' and 'The Foreman at Rest' are only a few of the poems that have stayed with me, in their tenderness, sadness, precision, and miraculous lack of sentimentality. An exceptional collection."
Rachel Hadas, author of The Ache of Appetite andLaws"

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