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The Book Of Accident (Akron Series in Poetry) Perfect Paperback – June 6, 2006

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  • Series: Akron Series in Poetry
  • Perfect Paperback: 90 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Akron Press (June 6, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931968357
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931968355
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.9 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,094,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Breckian Fritz Goldberg's The Book of Accident is a chronicle of the weird, supernatural, and grotesque. The adolescent picaresques at play throughout are kin to Shakespeare's Weird Sisters, or the feral children in a Mad Max film. And her central theme-we wound therefore we are-is difficult affirmation of the violence and cruelty in our culture. The poems suggest a post-apocalyptic pastoral where the monster lurks in the small town or rural road, at once lonely scavenger and misunderstood terrorist... This is a book so tightly linked in its motifs, its narrative and shifting personas, as to be nearly of one piece. We wound, therefore we are. And if our children are the monstrous beauty born of that pain, still we must love them." --Lynnell Edwards, Pleiade

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Beckian Fritz Goldberg is an associate professor of English at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. She received her BA and MA in English at Arizona State University and received her MFA in Creative Writing at Vermont College. Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, such as The Best American Poetry 1995 and Fever Dreams: Contemporary Arizona Poetry. Beckian Fritz Goldberg has received several prizes for her work, including a 1998 Pushcart Prize and the Gettysburg Review Annual Poetry Award. One of her previous books, Never Be the Horse, was the winner of the 1999 Akron Poetry Prize.

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This book is a refreshing change of scenery from much contemporary poetry. There's a sense of horror that permeates the book as its main characters Wolf Boy, Torture Boy, and Burn Boy recur throughout.

The reader's first indication of the poems' all-American alienation and freakishness comes from the cover image, five goth teens in various stages of body modification intently watching a television. The reader doesn't know what's on the t.v., but it can be gathered from the facial expressions that it isn't comedy. The cover image painting (yes, it's a painting!) is a detail from Steven Assael's "At Mother."

The setting is usually rural, with (assumed) teens in woods and fields committing acts that most adults would rather not acknowledge, and I don't mean sex and drugs. In "Torture Boy at the Easter Confest, Repentance Creek," Torture Boy plots some kind of mischief for a little old lady, possibly rape. Like any good horror story, the reader is left to imagine just what Torture Boy is planning for the woman.

The body as a subject is never left alone for long before being scarred, shaped, or otherwise altered. In "Sudden Masters," "The spirit/ doesn't leave the body, it has nowhere/ else to go. It eats// a hole in the body. It burrows in,/ it crawls, and teems, it mates for life--"

Wolf Boy's story is more sad than scary. In his poems, he's the speaker's freakish baby. In "Lightning-Wolf," he lives "in a metal crate in a snowbound pen/ in someone's field." Goldberg maintains a musical line during all the gruesome and ethereal tales of this little town.

I love well-written horror poetry. Beckian Fritz Goldberg joins the ranks of the horror poets Poe, Plath, and Simic with The Book of Accident, and I look forward to reading more of her work.
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