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From poolside to seaside, barroom to classroom, sex club to colonial Florida, Randall Mann's curiosity endeavors to discover, often ironically, the beauty of things in the world around him. These meditations--harsh, honest, explicit (though never vulgar), dark, and astute--reflect a sentiment for the urbane and the primitive in nature, history, love, and humankind. Mann inFrom poolside to seaside, barroom to classroom, sex club to colonial Florida, Randall Mann's curiosity endeavors to discover, often ironically, the beauty of things in the world around him. These meditations--harsh, honest, explicit (though never vulgar), dark, and astute--reflect a sentiment for the urbane and the primitive in nature, history, love, and humankind. Mann invites readers into lush landscapes, sundry histories, and a contemporary gay San Francisco populated by those things and people loved and lost....

Title : Complaint in the Garden (Kenyon Review Prize in Poetry Series)
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ISBN : 9781932023121
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 186 Pages
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Complaint in the Garden (Kenyon Review Prize in Poetry Series) Reviews

  • Patricia Murphy
    2018-11-11 04:21

    Pastoral, formal, and wildly contemporary all at the same time. I especially appreciate the allusion, and in particular the Baudelaire poem. Some of my favorite moments:“This queen is ruining my favorite song.”“A pond the color of oriental teas.”“The wind instructs the rain to soak chapeaus.” “Despite wet grass,I saw a farmer heal his field with fire.”“Outside, the rain like lucklicked our filthy windows clean.”

  • Jeff
    2018-11-17 04:13

    Elegant, sophisticated, but frequently with less going on than I could hope. Mann leans forward on a long stem; there are a few surprise lilies, and a few duds. The linguistic awareness never upsets the syntactical angels; they're all setting the table at which we never finally feast. Donald Justice-gentility and Thom Gunn-candor are the twin toasts, but never Yvor Winters-animism. One can admire the achievement and still wish the talk was brighter.

  • Brent Calderwood
    2018-10-24 02:06

    Lovely, lilting poems, especially recommended for lovers of New Formalism. Some of Mann's nonce forms in particular, one using anagram pairs as endwords, are just splendid.