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See Jack

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“An artist who moonlights as a dentist. A worm who’s eternal. A farmer who milks his cow to death.  Not to mention the guy with a belly button for an eye. Russell Edson, self-named Little Mr. Prose Poem, returns with See Jack, a book of fractured fairy tales, whose impeccable logic undermines logic itself, a book that champions what he has called elsewhere 'the dark uncomfortable metaphor.' 'What better way to die,' he writes in the final prose poem, 'than waiting for the fat lady to sing in the make-believe of theater, where nothing’s real, not the fat lady, not even death . . . '  See Jack may be Edson’s best book yet—proof that his imaginative powers keep growing. What a deliciously scary thought!”

—Peter Johnson

From Publishers Weekly

Apr 20, 2009 – In his 19th collection of prose poems, Edson's imagination remains as bizarre as ever, although he breaks no new ground. Edson inflicts deformities of body and character onto his humans and inanimate objects alike, introducing, for example, a woman whose face was a cow's milk bag or a man who had only one eye. In the other socket was a belly button. The humor in these passages such as when a man puts a hat on his head and the hat thinks he's feeding it, and begins to swallow his head, is often mingled with obscene or oddly tragic moments, as when a farmer announces to his wife that he is going to have sex with the cow he is about to slaughter. There are also rare instances of poignant beauty, such as a man whose daughter is a mouse, pressed dead between the pages of a book like a flower. Edson's fragmented tales often trail off into ellipses that alternately seem like lazy storytelling or a provocative tool. But longtime Edson fans will find as much to enjoy as in Edson's other books.
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Poetry
  • Published: Apr 05, 2009
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
  • Seller: University of Pittsburgh Press
  • Print Length: 80 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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