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Product Details

  • Paperback: 84 pages
  • Publisher: Triquarterly (October 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810128608
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810128606
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,642,438 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jehanne Dubrow is an assistant professor of English, creative writing, and literature at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland. She is the author of three poetry collections, The Hardship Post (2009), From the Fever-World (2009), and Stateside (Northwestern, 2010).

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lindsay Lusby on January 9, 2013
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Before I begin, I should admit to my biases. I like Jehanne Dubrow. She is a kind and intelligent person with a wonderfully irreverent sense of humor (that is very similar to mine) and I consider her a friend. But I am also a poet, and in this capacity, I have been following Jehanne's work since the release of her first collection, The Hardship Post, in 2009. Each collection of hers is a poetic study, a project. String the poems together and you will see a loose narrative formed there in between.

In Red Army Red, Cold War's Communism appropriates all shiny things for propaganda the way a teenage girl accessorizes. They are magpies at heart. Dubrow, in turn, collects these glimmering metallic details and nests poems in them. Of course, not all of these details are beautiful but they have a certain shine that draws us in anyway. In "Moscow Nights," "rose perfume...smells of piss," and another perfume smells of "pickled beets/ and turpentine." And as in the mind of a teenage girl, all of these details are sex or innuendo, "the romance of objects." Things that Communist dictators would hold just out of reach.

The first section of the book, titled "Cold War," although packed with vivid images is a stark landscape full of old objects. Not just old, but old-world. Something that the speaker has clearly outgrown. Shirts and shoes are two sizes too small and all pleasures are taken in secret.

Section two, "Velvet Revolution," is a rebellious adolescent testing the limits of her own body's dictatorship. Although taken from the actual historical context of nearby then-Czechoslovakia, the phrase taken out of time seems tailor-made to capture the melodrama of teenage rebellion, with another nod toward an adolescent's newfound fashion-consciousness.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Allen Hagar on August 10, 2013
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Pistillate flowers greet us with images of heartbeats and turpentine. Jehanne Dubrow's Red Army Red recalls a life in Poland before Solidarity and the Velvet Revolution. Recalling a time in America and the changes in Eastern Europe, She takes us through the history of a world little known in America. Her perspective on consumerism is most enlightening. Periodic metered verse sonnets punctuate the music of her free verse. Nods to Kurt Cobain and River Phoenix animate the poetry of America. The chapter titled laissez-faire might be her best. A most rewarding book.

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Jehanne Dubrow is the author of five poetry collections, including most recently The Arranged Marriage (University of New Mexico Press, 2015), Red Army Red (Northwestern UP, 2012) and Stateside (Northwestern UP, 2010). Her second book, From the Fever-World, won the Washington Writers' Poetry Competition (2009), and her first, The Hardship Post (2009), won the Three Candles Press Open Book Award and was recently re-released in a new edition by Sundress Publications (2013). She co-edited The Book of Scented Things: 100 Contemporary Poems About Perfume (Literary House Press, 2014).

Her poetry, creative nonfiction, and book reviews have appeared in Southern Review, The New Republic, Poetry, The Hudson Review, The New England Review, as well as on Poetry Daily and Verse Daily. She earned a B.A. in the "Great Books" from St. John's College, an MFA from the University of Maryland, and a PhD from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has been a recipient of the Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award, the Towson University Prize for Literature, an Individual Artist's Award from the Maryland State Arts Council, fellowships from the Sewanee Writers' Conference, and a Sosland Foundation Fellowship from the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies.

The daughter of American diplomats, Dubrow was born in Italy and grew up in Yugoslavia, Zaire, Poland, Belgium, Austria, and the United States. She is the Director of the Rose O'Neill Literary House and an Associate Professor of creative writing at Washington College. She serves as the Series Editor of the Literary House Press and is the Founder and Editor of Cherry Tree: A National Literary Journal @ Washington College.

You can learn more about Jehanne by visiting her website: www.jehannedubrow.com

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