The Theme of Tonight's Party Has Been Changed: Poems (Paperback)Dana Roeser (author)
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Roeser brings a host of characters into her poems - a Catholic priest raging against the commercialism of Mother's Day, the injured tennis player James Blake, a man struck by lightning, drunk partygoers, an ex-marine, Sylvia Plath's son Nicholas Hughes, a neighbour, travellers encountered in airport terminals, various talk therapists - and lets them speak. She records with high fidelity the nuances of our ordinary exigencies so that the poems become extraordinary arias sung by a husky-voiced diva with colouratura phrasing to die for, "the dark notes" that Lorca famously called the duende. The book is infused with the energy of misfortune, accident, coincidence, luck, grace, panic, hilarity. The characters and narrator, in extremis, speak their truths urgently.
Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
Number of pages: 88
Weight: 159 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 8 mm
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