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The Flammable Bird Paperback – December 1, 2002

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"...a book flung whole, utterly original, beautiful and seamless, upon the world." -- Tom Lux

"...the heady, headlong language of her poems has honored them with an artful liturgy of devotional wonders." -- Sherod Santos

"Like the phoenix, Byrne lifts herself--and us--high above the ash of our disappointments and regrets. A marvelous debut." -- David St. John

About the Author

Elena Karina Byrne is a teacher, fine artist and Regional Director of the Poetry Society of America. She currently runs the poetry reading series at the J. Paul Getty Center where she recently worked as a Poetry Consultant to the Getty Research Institute. Elena is also the Poetry Moderator and Consultant for the Los Angeles Times Book Festival. Nominated six times for a Pushcart Prize, Elena's poems are forthcoming in nine magazines including, The Paris Review, American Poetry Review, The Colorado Review, Prairie Schooner, Painted Bride Quarterly, and Volt. Other recent publications include Poetry, Ploughshares, Denver Quarterly, Nimrod, Antioch Review, Mid-American Review, The Virginia Quarterly, and The Anthology of Magazine Verse & Yearbook of American Poetry, among many others.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 62 pages
  • Publisher: Zoo Press; 1 edition (December 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970817789
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970817785
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,721,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 24, 2003
Format: Paperback
The density of Elena Karina Byrne's work makes each read rich with possibility. There is a relentless quality to her poems -- "Relentless, I love relentless," she writes in "The Proportion of Broken" -- that keeps the reader riveted. Byrne's poems are catalogs of obsession balanced by a constant examination of language. The dominant currency is desire. This is poetry of the body, and the reader is doused in sensual apprehension and comprehension. These poems make the heart want to beat faster, and it cooperates, with pleasure.
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