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Product Details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Lost Horse Press; First edition (September 9, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984451064
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984451067
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,228,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A measured light-heartedness emanates beneath the natural pathos of Austin LaGrone s Oyster Perpetual. His humor sneaks up on us, not for the sake of a rehearsed laughter but for an echo of truth wandering the halls of mirrors. LaGrone knows how to pull off the masks of his speakers, and at first they (we) don t know what has happened, what s been revealed. Read Oyster Perpetual, and at times, be ready to laugh until the tears come. There s maturity in this first collection, and its terrain is illuminated by a personal tune that enters us as we enter. --Yusef Komunyakaa

Austin LaGrone has written a first book of exceptional singularity, wholeness, and focus of vision. He can be playful and tragic. His poems are deadly serious, even when they are funny, and he is unafraid of being understood. He is also unafraid of making fun of himself (or his persona) because he understands he is part of the great human joyful mess. He sings from right in the middle of it, he praises, he satirizes, his heart is broken yet he, his poems, still have hope. --Thomas Lux

About the Author

Austin LaGrone was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. His poems have appeared in Black Warrior Review, Brilliant Corners, Fourteen Hills, Hayden s Ferry, Many Mountains Moving, Spoon River Poetry Review and the New York Quarterly. He holds degrees from St. John s College and New York University and teaches at John Jay College in Manhattan

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mrc on April 8, 2011
Format: Paperback
Austin LaGrone's first book Oyster Perpetual submerges us into a reality we need to experience more of in American poetry. LaGrone juxtaposes hilarity with the skinned-knuckled truth and has achieved a singular voice in these poems. Oyster Perpetual takes us on a ride into a world we sometimes look away from. LaGrone's voice both sings to us and shakes our spines. If you want to see where American poetry should be going, climb into this book and hold on.
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