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Product Details

  • Paperback: 85 pages
  • Publisher: Morris Pub (February 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967412315
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967412313
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 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: #4,291,274 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Charles Fort holds the Paul W. and Clarence Kingston Reynolds Chair in Poetry at the University of Nebraska, Kearney. A MacDowell Fellow and Randall Jarrell Poetry Prize winner, Fort has been recognized by the Poetry Society of America and Writer's Voice. His poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Nebraska Review, Mississippi Review, The Georgia Review, The American Poetry Review and others, and have been anthologized in The Best American Poetry 2000, The Best of Prose Poem International and the Carnegie Mellon-Anthology of Poetry.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kevin L. Nenstiel TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 29, 2009
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Charles Fort has miles of bad road behind him, but they're still present in a way he struggles to fit into his world. His prose poems wail of a "one ghost town," a "made for tv freak show that traveled the segregated chitlin circuit" from New England to the Great Plains to hell in a handgun. These are the sounds of a man who built himself out of the pieces others left behind, and how he needs to see what he's become.

Born in Connecticut, Fort has taught in North Carolina and Nebraska, always a vernacular outsider in the stuffy white man's mausoleum of academe. He fought his way up against the odds, and I get the feeling he fears somebody will still mistake him for one more house negro. As if. This collection of truckline blues looks inward and asks, who am I, what have I done, where will I go now.

His answers, hummed out in a distinctive ragtime shuffle, are uniquely his own. He does not claim to speak the piece of a people or a place; Charles Fort only advocates for Charles Fort. But as he ransacks the world from Harold Bloom to Howdy Doody (which is which) trying to explicate the tornado that is himself, he invites us along on the journey. And it is a journey, because he's still in transit when the final curtain falls.

These poems ring with a consistent four, five, six beat inside rhythm. This is good so far as it creates an internal music, holding the book together like Beethoven's Blues Symphony in B Flat Major. But the rhythm hangs on so doggedly, if you read too fast, it gets trance-inducing, and you find yourself re-reading pages you missed because you were hypnotized. Take your time reading.

Fort's intense but introspective poems are an deep alternate insight into the world through the eyes of a man who lives outside the lines.
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