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by Ai Ogawa

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    Format: Paperback, 80 pages
    Classification: Poetry
    ISBN13: 9780395379080
    Imprint: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
    Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
    Parent Company: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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    No contemporary poet penetrates characters like Ai. The farther they are from her personal experience (Jack and Bobby Kennedy, a priest, a holocaust survivor, the Atlanta child murderer) the more vivid the transformation. Bathed in "a harsh and purifying light/that keeps nothing whole," myth, theology and history rise hot as nightmare through her radical imagination. Battered women’s bruises shimmer like stigmata; Joe McCarthy defiles a dead Stalin. Every poem pushes at the boundaries laid down in Cruelty and Killing Floor, the two books that established her singular control, an authority so absolute it looks casual. Violence is Ai’s natural habitat, but blood, she reminds us, "sanctifies and blesses." Essential for academic and larger public libraries. —Rhoda Yerburgh, Adult Degree Program, Vermont Coll., Montpelier

    Blue Suede Shoes
    The Death Of Francisco Pizarro
    The Detective
    The Emigre
    The Good Shepherd: Atlanta, 1981
    The Journalist
    The Man With The Saxophone
    The Mother’s Tale
    The Priest’s Confession
    The Prisoner
    Saint Anne’s Reel, 1870
    The Testimony Of J. Robert Oppenheimer
    They Shall Not Pass
    Two Brothers

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