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Allegory of the Supermarket (The Contemporary Poetry Series) Paperback – January 1, 1999

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Product Details

  • Series: The Contemporary Poetry Series
  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press; 1st Paperback Edition edition (January 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0820320684
  • ISBN-13: 978-0820320687
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,336,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Despite some obvious clinkers, this first collection is often very entertaining, which is no easy feat these days: sly and sexy, dry and ironic, jaded and funny, Brown catches you off guard with her playground rhymes and street-song repetitions. And her titles are often a hoot in themselves: I Was a Phony Baloney!, No, No Nostalgia!, Mommy Is a Scary Narcissist, and so on. But the humor isnt all one-note jokes and giggly post-feminist wise-cracks. Many of her character studies verge on diatribe, yet still bear the empathy of one whos been there, done that: in Feminine Intuition, she mocks and mourns female fad- followers, bitter singles, and brittle old ladies; and Five Sketches are spare, cutting portraits of a professional woman, an earth mother, and a Miss America type, with references to legendary difficult women like Mary McCarthy and Clare Luce. Other knowing poems goof on a woman obsessed with working out (a gargoyle for the Age of the Physically Fit); criticize the lipo- sucked; and scorn the sentimentalists (Warm, Fuzzy). Browns wit and anger also target men: the seducers and flatterers, the self-satisfied suburbanites and the beer-gutted bores. Prose poems, a few of which first appeared in the high-brow porno mag Yellow Silk, chart the poets desires through puberty, graduate school, and a near-lesbian encounter, with her eventually abandoning lust for simple sacrifice order and love. It feels a bit padded, but this welcome debut announces a voice both smart and original. -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.


"Here's a poetic voice calling out from a postmodern arcade, where 'each day the sun shines steadily, no more than is necessary,' toward a post-California arcadia, where 'sacrifice, order and love' take on frightening proportions. Richocet off the culture with Stephanie Brown in this debut book, until each poem stops and you are thrown forward, back to your own humanity. That's where one of our voices says, 'Most of all, I would have harmed the soldier whose job it was to kill me.'"--Jane Miller

"Brown's tart insights . . . show that humor can sting as well as beguile."--People

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By A Customer on June 27, 2000
Format: Paperback
Brown's poems tend to deal with daily domestic and upper-middle class life in an non-domestic, not-so upper-class style. They target more than one subject at more than one angle, whether its women obsessed with their own physical appearances, suave-feeling cheeseball men, suburbanites, the petty upper-class or mentally unstable parents. The poems take chances with rhymes and experiments with repetition and rhythms which often produce sing-song narrative. Her best poems are "I Was a Phony Baloney!" and "Mommy Is A Scary Narcissist."
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By "alimarben" on June 9, 2004
Format: Paperback
Great for women of all natures, especially other writers who are able to appreciate and understand Brown's astute observation of human behavior and all its flaws. GREAT READ. You'll return to this book to enjoy how fresh each poem is--no matter how many times you've read them. I especially love the poems that address beauty and weight concerns, as well as our tendency to become obsessed with the exterior. Her title poem is great, too. A very unique allegory that will have you thinking profoundly the next time you go grocery shopping. READ IT!
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By Nichola on February 23, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is a poetry book I keep coming back to. It's great for a quiet night inside; it's honest, brave, and empowering. As a poet myself, I return to Brown's book because of the admiration I have for the style and veracious voice she uses to examine some of culture's most inexplicable reasonings. This book is definately one of my favorites and I recommend it whole-heartedly.
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