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The Maverick Room: Poems
by Thomas Sayers Ellis

Publication Date: Jan 01, 2005
List Price: $15.00
Format: Paperback, 120 pages
Classification: Poetry
ISBN13: 9781555974145
Imprint: Graywolf Press
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Parent Company: Graywolf Press

Paperback Description:

With its defiance for any one tradition or voice, Thomas Sayers Ellis’s debut becomes a powerful argument against monotony

A dream. A democracy. A savage liberty.
And yet another anthem and yet another heaven
and yet another party wants you.
Wants you wants you wants you.

—from “Groovallegiance”

In one poem, Thomas Sayers Ellis prognosticates, “Pretty soon, the Age of the Talk Show / Will slip on a peel left in the avant- gutter.” The result is The Maverick Room, the testing ground of determination and serendipity, where call-and-response becomes Steinian echo becomes Post-Soul percussive pleasure becomes a bootlegged recording hustled out of a D.C. go-go club.

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