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Revolver by Kevin Connolly


by Kevin Connolly

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I loved the range of this book and certain individual poems, such as "Rewind," "Antonia is Not the Plasterer," and "Plenty." The book didn't cohere for me as a whole, but that might be a product of when I read it (late at night). Definitely merits revisiting.

Update: Even better on a second reading. I see now that "coherence" isn't the point, but that it's rather the poet's navigation of different voices and modes that stands out. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0887847951, Paperback)

Kevin Connolly’s four previous poetry books have garnered widespread critical acclaim and awards for their cutting humor, vivid language, and lyricism. Now comes Revolver. A daring marriage of brilliant technical skill and feverish imagination, Revolver features poems that are each written in a different form — “revolving” through various styles while imbuing each with the precise control and sharp wit for which Connolly is noted. This much-anticipated follow-up to drift is both an ideal introduction to this master poet and a worthy successor to his earlier work.

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"Each of the 45 poems in Kevin Connolly's Revolver is written in a different form or vocal register - "revolving" through poetic personae and possibilities. Taken together, they present a challenge to the idea that an honest poetic voice need be singular, static, egocentric, and bound by convention. Cycling through subjects as trivial as a late-inning curveball and as loaded as the paradox of time itself, these poems address the broad range of human experience: elation and cynicism, joy and grief, terror and love."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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