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Product Details

  • Paperback: 74 pages
  • Publisher: Alice James Books; 1ST edition (April 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1882295331
  • ISBN-13: 978-1882295333
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #926,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Sarah Manguso's poems weirdly plumb and strikingly frame what we're up against: the now in which the Muse drives a silver pickup, mystery only announces itself out of grief for us, and to reach harbor is to understand there will be no end of searching. Hers is a startling, disturbing, and original voice." --Carl Phillips

"At times disarmingly straightforward, at others elegantly convoluted, Sarah Manguso's poems evade and persuade us of the perils and fleshed restitutions of the imaging, mortal life. Again and again, their language inhabits the cusp between playfulness and dark revelation, between gaming and cri de coeur so we are torn, reading, between consolation and alarm. With an apocalyptic exuberance as well as the clarity of truthful recall, The Captain Lands in Paradise has an impact that belies its marvelously deft touch." --Dean Young

About the Author

Born in 1974, Sarah Manguso grew up in Massachusetts and was educated at Harvard University and the University of Iowa. Her poems have appeared in the American Poetry Review, The Best American Poetry, Boston Review, Chicago Review, The New Republic, and many other journals. She lives in Brooklyn.

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Sarah Manguso's book Ongoingness: The End of a Diary, is forthcoming on March 3, 2015. Her previous book, The Guardians (2012), was named one of the top 10 books of the year by Salon. Her memoir The Two Kinds of Decay (2008) was named an Editors' Choice by the New York Times Book Review and a Best Book of the Year by the Independent, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Telegraph, and Time Out Chicago. Her other books include the story collection Hard to Admit and Harder to Escape (2007), included in in McSweeney's One Hundred and Forty-Five Stories in a Small Box, and the poetry collections Siste Viator (2006) and The Captain Lands in Paradise (2002), which was named a Favorite Book of the Year by the Village Voice. Honors for her writing include a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Rome Prize. Her essays have appeared in Harper's, the New York Review of Books, and the New York Times Magazine, and her poems have won a Pushcart Prize and appeared in four editions of the Best American Poetry series. She grew up near Boston and now lives in Los Angeles.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Driver9 on December 2, 2006
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It's not often in the world of Amazonia that one finds a work of art that has received five star reviews from every reviewer. But Sarah Manguso truly deserves the accolades. Her poems are sinewy and funny and unpredictable (until you memorize them). What a deft hand she has in crafting these gems. I agree with the reviewer who lamented so much of modern poetry's self-seriousness. Well, you won't find that here. And yet, for me she is a poet to be taken very seriously, if you know what I mean.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 11, 2002
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It's full of objects and animals falling apart to reveal "the burning mystery." And then more objects and animals come to surround the speaker and comfort her. She's lucid, critical, and concomitantly awash. She's the clearest contemporary _fille_ of Frank O'Hara.
The speech is direct--Ms. Manguso's syntax and diction are not of a "fun" colloquial but rather of the precise, ringing exposition of a dream, and a mind, and a culture. This book will last; its shadow will cast large behind its palloring, once-pyrotechnic company on the new-poetry shelf.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "bezreh" on July 25, 2002
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The Captain Lands in Paradise opened up a whole new kind of poetry to me. The poems are spare, witty and pure precision. They contain inalienable truths like "Either a thing will happen or it won't" which has become a mantra for me whenever I'm freaking out. There is something very sober and fearless there. There is no... and no hiding in vagueness, each poem is urgently clear even when it takes you to Neptune. The precision makes the reader feel like he matters. Like giant things are being communicated with great economy, with no time to waste.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 31, 2002
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Manguso's voice is conversational and declaratory, seeking--and finding--truth in luminous, mysterious metaphors. "Sometimes I think I understand the way things work/ and then I find out that on Neptune it rains diamonds," Manguso writes in "Beautiful Things." She has learned much about the way things work, and she has much to teach us. She is unafraid to make the important discoveries. Reading her poems is traveling on an important, sometimes frightening, journey with a trusted guide.
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