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Dearest creature

Author: Amy Gerstler
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2009.
Series: Penguin poets.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Poetry : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"A surreal new collection from an acclaimed poet Hallucinogenic plants chant in chorus. A thoughtful dog grants an interview. A caterpillar offers life advice. Amy Gerstler's newest collection of poetry, Dearest Creature, marries fact and fiction in a menagerie of dramatic monologues, twisted love poems, and epistolary pleadings. Drawing on sources as disparate as Lewis Carroll and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, as  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Amy Gerstler
ISBN: 9780143116356 0143116355
OCLC Number: 318411455
Description: 84 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: For my niece Sidney, age six --
Dearest creature --
Sonnet --
Luncheon with the Etruscans --
Letter from the Middle Ages --
A million happy endings --
Moon salutation --
Advice from a caterpillar --
Moths --
He --
Chanson --
Birds of America --
Interview with a dog --
Chant of the hallucinogenic plants --
At the back of a closet, two dresses converse --
How to wear hats --
The chamber of maiden thought --
Female deity --
Always --
Untranslatable --
During a wet spring, long ago --
Contrite --
Greece, or my mother as Pola Negri --
On the fatal consequences of going home with the wrong man from the Chicago World's Fair, 1895 --
Mrs. Monster pens her memoirs --
The room did not lurch --
Elegy with peonies --
Dig --
Broken lines --
Dear departed --
Dusk --
Midlife lullaby.
Series Title: Penguin poets.
Responsibility: Amy Gerstler.

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"A surreal new collection from an acclaimed poet Hallucinogenic plants chant in chorus. A thoughtful dog grants an interview. A caterpillar offers life advice. Amy Gerstler's newest collection of poetry, Dearest Creature, marries fact and fiction in a menagerie of dramatic monologues, twisted love poems, and epistolary pleadings. Drawing on sources as disparate as Lewis Carroll and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, as well as abnormal psychology, etiquette, and archaeology texts, these darkly imaginative poems probe what it means to be a sentient, temporary, flesh-and- blood beast, to be hopelessly, vividly creaturely"--Page 4 of cover.

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