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As Long as It's Big : A Narrative Poem by…

As Long as It's Big : A Narrative Poem

by John Bricuth

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As Long As It's Big by John Bricuth is a rather strange tale of a divorce court hearing. Framing the poignant and moving testimony of Mrs. and Mr. Fish are rollicking, rather scabrous, episodes of Mrs. Fish's elder sister, an Irish schoolbus of a woman, physically attacking her brother-in-law, his lawyer, policemen, and the judge. Bricuth's blank verse tercets are supple enough to handle both the farce --

She yells, " So they've sent the Black and
Tans." Well, judge, I'm blacker by a lot
Than Dobbs, but ain't no way no one could call him

"Tan," So I thinks, Who! we gots a regular
Looney on our hands. We try arrestin' her
And right away the scufflin' starts.

and the pain of loss --

Maybe he was wrong, but that's the sense
He'd got. Well there it was. I asked him did he
Realize we'd never get trust back like it'd

Been, that life for us would be this
Mended plate that couldn't take extremes
Of heat or cold, take any careless handling--

On the backcover, Harold Bloom praises it as a "new mode of American poetic tragicomedy....an exuberant chant...." I wasn't quite so rhapsodic, but I did find this a moving, if jolting, quick read. ( )
  janeajones | May 18, 2009 |
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"O for a muse of napalm..."

Years in the making, As Long As It's Big is a stunning and unique poetic achievement. By turns rollicking, funny, and deeply moving, this dramatic poem tells a tragic story -- the collapse of a marriage after the suicide of a child -- within the topsy-turvy venue of a divorce court ruled by an alternately cynical and sentimental judge. John Bricuth cleanly balances sensitive portrayals of painful lives with hilarity, chaos, and occasionally ribald caricatures. Hugely entertaining and immensely readable, Bricuth's verse narrative will absorb anyone seeking to unravel the truths of modern family life.

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