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Little Mr. Prose Poem: Selected Poems of Russell Edson

Little Mr. Prose Poem: Selected Poems of Russell Edson

Current price: $17.00
Publication Date: October 25th, 2022
Publisher:
BOA Editions
ISBN:
9781950774739
Pages:
168
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Description

A baby that keeps losing its brain, a cow in a wedding gown, a woman whose chest is a radio -- bizarre and whimsical figures populate this collection of dreamlike prose poems from Russell Edson (1935-2014), with a Foreword by Pulitzer Prize winner Charles Simic.A seminal voice in American prose poetry from the sixties onward, Edson's whole career is surveyed in a single volume edited for our times, presenting a new and contemporary view of a poet of startling imagination and strangeness. Craig Morgan Teicher calls us to witness Edson's obsessions with the curious, the absurd, and the peculiar, and the ways in which they can haunt our daily lives. The prose poems in this collection mold our everyday into something extraordinary and unsettling. Edson's poems are surreal fables in which his characters experience all that life throws at them-- marriage, parenthood, technological advances, aging, dying, the afterlife-- through irreverent dialogue and vivid imagery in turns both humorous and grotesque. Russell Edson is a vital and ever-contemporary poet with a unique moral and comedic vision, whose literary career quietly yet definitively shaped the prose poetry subgenre as we know it now.

About the Author

Craig Morgan Teicher is the author of several books of poems, most recently The Trembling Answers, which won the 2017 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets; and Welcome to Sonnetville, New Jersey. He is also the author of two books of prose: the story collection Cradle Book and the essay collection We Begin in Gladness: How Poets Progress. He also edited Once and For All: The Best of Delmore Schwartz. He teaches at NYU and the Bennington Writing Seminars, works as Digital Director of The Paris Review, and lives in New Jersey with his wife and children.