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Carol Muske-Dukes is the author of eight books of poems, four novels, and two essay collections, and is an editor of two anthologies, including "Crossing State Lines: An American Renga", which she coedited with Bob Holman. Many of her books have been New York Times Notable selections. Muske-Dukes is a professor of English and creative writing at the University of Southern California, where she founded the PhD program in creative writing and literature, and she recently fulfilled her appointment as poet laureate of California, appointed by the governor's office. Her poetry collection "Sparrow" was a National Book Award finalist and she is a six-time Pushcart Prize winner. She writes for the "New York Times Book Review "and the "New York Times "op-ed page, the "Los Angeles Times", the Huffington Post, and the "New Yorker"'s "Page-Turner" blog. Her poems have been published and anthologized widely, including in several editions of "Best American Poetry". Muske-Dukes has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, a Library of Congress award, Barnes & Noble's Writer for Writers Award, and many other honors. She lives in Southern California and New York.
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  • Series: Poets, Penguin
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; 1 edition (May 31, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143119648
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143119647
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,453,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A book of poetry that is almost decadent with doubles and binaries, Muske-Dukes work can be playful and yet a bit doir. Muske-Duske poetry here also does quite a bit with the the landscape, starting with the titular Twin Cities and moving all over the U.S. The book is divided into five sections, while all thematically similar, the last section does have such a profound shift in narrative voice that it is jarring to me as a reader even though I do enjoy the poems. While not the best collection I have read, Muske-Dukes star is rising legitimately and many of these poems are excellent, contributing to that rise.
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