Mean (Phoenix Poets)

Mean (Phoenix Poets)

Colette LaBouff Atkinson


within the accurately titled Mean, Colette LaBouff Atkinson's audio system confront a chain of merciless fanatics, estranged ex-husbands and ex-ex-wives, neglectful mom and dad, disrespectful young ones, menacing drunks, would-be rapists, well-meaning yet ineffectual lecturers, and that tense child in first grade who wouldn't depart you on my own. dealing with to 'say' what such a lot people may simply imagine yet by no means dare converse out loud, this lovely debut assortment finds that the horrors and cruelty we event in way of life can develop into very genuine certainly. yet Atkinson doesn't basically rake her matters around the coals: she deftly exposes, in its place, how the realm mirrors again to us our personal meanness, lending it a fact and a heritage. In forty-three deadpan, usually cruel prose poems which are masterpieces of the shape, Mean lays naked the darkness in the narrator's center in addition to in ours.

"Colette Labouff Atkinson's crafty laconicism attains the strength of a shout, with out ever elevating its voice. The clever, cruel narrative cool arrays a tragic comedy, with an unemphatic yet penetrating 'and then . . . and then': debts of affection pursued way more usually than it really is glimpsed or realized." - Robert Pinsky

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