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Shadow Ball

New and Selected Poems

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An accessible new and selected collection of poems for poetry insiders and general readers. Powerful, passionate, humorous, and often complex, yet fun to read. They go down easy, but pack a whallop.

From Publishers Weekly

Aug 17, 2009 – Webb at his best is genuinely funny and genuinely reliable in his reactions to the dilemmas of middle-aged American men: My head's a planet with failing gravity, he writes in Losing My Hair ; One by one its people fall into the sky. This selection from five earlier books should confirm the esteem in which other poets hold his comic talents. The baby boom can seem inescapable: Comebacks, one of 14 new poems, considers The Eagles and Robert Plant in '69 : Don't all of our bands break up, our shows shut down,/ agents stop returning our calls? Webb's humor sometimes suggests David Kirby or even Billy Collins, as in pieces called Prayer to Tear the Sperm-Dam Down, Teachers' Names ( 'May I Have a Hall Pass, Mrs. Titsworth, Please?' ) and even I Have Much Better Poems than This. When Webb shifts to seriousness, his advice becomes reliable but predictable, too ( Love freely. Treat ex-partners as kindly/ as you can ). Such lack of ambition may send away some readers: others, though, will deeply enjoy this affable writer's many brisk, sparkling lines.
Shadow Ball
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Poetry
  • Published: Oct 18, 2009
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
  • Seller: University of Pittsburgh Press
  • Print Length: 160 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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