Destructive Element: New & Selected Poems
|author: Turner Cassity|
ASIN or ISBN-10: 0821412221
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Just when you think you are in the midst of a traditional, formal poem, Turner Cassity turns satin into sting. A native of Jackson, Mississippi--like writers Eudora Welty and Richard Wright--Cassity ranges the world in subject matter, from "Berlin to Baghdad" to "Texarkana," always exposing elements that are risky to divulge and often hilarious to contemplate. In "Why Fortune Is the Empress of the World," humanity is depicted "in overcrowded lifeboats" drawing lots. In "Domestic Symphony" Cassity resolves, "Say Heaven is this treehouse we have sinned in. / Our wine is ready. Pour, while I fix din-din." And in "Texarkana" the "East is, here as elsewhere, dead, / Dull, dry, and no doubt Red." Cassity seeks the destructive element and brings back wisdom, humor, and the sense that the foreign is enchantingly familiar.