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- DescriptionIn his third collection of poems, My Father Says Grace , Donald Platt mixes elegy with larger historical allusion and reference. At the center of the book stand poems detailing a father's stroke and slowly developing Alzheimer's disease and how it affects one family. An elegy for a mother-in-law provides counterpoint to elegies for more public figures like Janis Joplin and Walt Whitman. The private life in the valley of the shadow of death often gets crossed with explicitly political poems, such as a meditation on the long history of racial tensions in the deep South, or one on a Vietnam protestor, famously photographed sticking flowers in an MP's gun barrel, alongside images from his later life as a transvestite. The poems tend to find themselves in the midst of crisis, historical or personal, exploring how to be 'carried across,' away, out, toward, back into some new country where the soul improvises, croons scat to itself alone.
- Author BiographyDONALD PLATT is an associate professor of English at Purdue University. His previous collections both won the Verna Emery Poetry Prize: Fresh Peaches, Fireworks, and Guns and Cloud Atlas. A recipient of the Discovery /The Nation contest and two Pushcart Prizes, his poems have been selected for The Best American Poetry anthologies for 2000 and 2006.
- Author(s)Donald Platt
- PublisherUniversity of Arkansas Press
- Date of Publication15/03/2007
- SubjectPoetry Texts & Poetry Anthologies
- Place of PublicationFayetteville
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Arkansas Press
- Weight168 g
- Width140 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine8 mm
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