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Land of Cockaigne Paperback – April 1, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-1586540074 ISBN-10: 1586540076 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Story Line Press; 1 edition (April 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586540076
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586540074
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,209,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Although the title refers to an idyllic land of plenty, Cockaigne's melodious consonances are subverted by Ochester's speakers' fascination with life's seamier aspects. In "Pocahontas," he skewers the Magic Kingdomizing of John Smith's 12-year-old Indian companion, noting that "in colonial Virginia the age of sexual consent/ was 10. And, if you eat/ of the fruit of Disney/ you will die." Gestures like this, which abound in this sixth larger-press collection, might leave readers wondering who wrote the jacket copy comparing the poet to Norman Rockwell nostalgic he is not. "Calvin" describes an acquaintance who tortured cicadas: "He was stupid/ and stupidity like pained intelligence/ wants to wreck things: what cruelty/ have you ever done?" These 40-odd poems form a gallery of similar characters, usually stuck in lives of poverty, ignorance and racism. Yet Ochester does muster some sympathy for them, despite his focus on dull malevolence. And his free verse is gruff and plainspoken, getting in digs at academia whenever possible: "`motherfuckin motherfucker' (deconstruct that)." Although an entitled tendency to structure poems around the writing life can be annoying ("in the library I am very decorous and read/ what I think are my quietest poems"), at very least Ochester's speakers are not complacent, if perhaps complicit. (Apr. 2)Forecast: As the editor of the Pitt Poetry Series at the University of Pittsburgh, Ochester is the erstwhile publisher of bestselling poet Billy Collins. Last year's court case pitting Random House against underdog Pitt over the rights to Collins's back catalogue snagged an unlikely spot on the front page of the New York Times, and might help draw curiosity seekers and po-biz insiders to Ochester's cantankerous clatch.

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About the Author

Ed Ochester is the author of eleven collections of poetry and the co-editor of The Pittsburgh Book of Contemporary American Poetry. His poems have appeared in serveral national literary journals, including Poetry, American Poetry Review, The New Republic, The Georgia Review, and others. Ochester is the editor for the prestigious Pitt Poetry Series and a Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh and a faculty member at the Bennington Writing Seminars in Vermont.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 12, 2001
Format: Paperback
With his first full-length book in a dozen years, Ed Ochester once again steps to the front of American poetry and crushes the competition in the process. Land of Cockaigne is a collection of narrative and lyric poems about working people and the pains and joys of everyday living. Equally laugh-outloud funny and moan-outloud terrible, these poems take us into the country of Western Pennsylvania to meet such fascinating characters as Clyde, Clyde's son and the girl Clyde's son has just "made" pregnant, and then these poems rush us back into the city to say goodbye to the old Pittsburgh Airport and discover the Flying Tigers hanging at a hotel bar. The best poems in this collection (the 5+ star poems) are set in Key West and certainly Hemingway would love Ochester's clean lines and brave emotional stance (as the woman at the Half Shell Bar says, "'there are two anagrams for the word fear:/... everything and run and/face everything and recover' and/ I'm trying to do the latter..."). Whether you love Billy Collins or Robert Frost, Charles Bukowski or Sharon Olds, the best poems you're missing right now are by Ed Ochester. Immediately check out this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 20, 2002
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ED OCHESTER'S LAND OF COCKAIGNE IS IN THE BEST WHITMANESQUE TRADITION.THESE POEMS MADE ME LAUGH AND CRY. THEY ARE SO TRUE TO THE HUMAN CONDITION, AND HOW MANY POEMS CAN YOU SAY THAT ABOUT TODAY? READ THESE AND SEE IF YOU AGREE.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on February 11, 2002
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The poetry of Ed Ochester is descriptive, humorous, compassionate, superbly crafted, and will linger in the mind, heart, and imagination of his reader. How To Read It: Every good poem says I love you/I'm sorry you will die/and how we cry at that/how every good specific image/brings us back to the one great thing/we had forgotten: the way at the ocean/on a calm summer afternoon we/look at the bright red sails/and suddenly are dazzled by/endless shimmer and light/burning the great joy of/water, the sodium-lamp/brilliance of each/tiny wave.
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