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The author of the memoirs The Liar's Club and Cherry began as a poet; this first collection of verse since 1995's Viper Rum alternates between a familiar, unsparing autobiographical vein and a new commitment to Christian belief. Karr, a recovering alcoholic and a temperamental skeptic, entered the Catholic church in 1996, and poems about God, Christ and Christian rituals may draw most readers' attention: "Disgraceland" describes "my first communion at 40," and tries to blend Karr's characteristic acerbity with her interest in religious compassion: "You are loved, someone said. Take that and eat it." Some of the strongest of Karr's clean, direct free-verse efforts have less to do with religion than with her friends, children, parents, vexing early life. When she writes of "the winter Mother's ashes came in a Ziploc bag," fans of her prose will relate. (Mar.)
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In her fourth collection of poems, self-described black-belt sinner Mary Karr traces her improbable journey from the inferno of a tormented childhood into a resolutely irreverent Catholicism. Not since Saint Augustine wrote “Give me chastity, Lord—but not yet!” has anyone brought such smart-assed hilarity to a conversion story.--This text refers to the Paperback edition. See all Editorial Reviews
My first encounter with Mary Karr was probably not a good introduction...so I will try to read something else of hers before forming an opinion. Read morePublished 6 months ago by J X Landi
Beautiful product and beautiful service. I am pleased with everything.Published 8 months ago by James Plackner
Absolutely stunning!!!!!!!! Her brilliantly written autobiographies (3 of them!) apparently cleverly concealed a poet of extraordinary talent. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Anne K. Heck
This is poetry deep and turthful; no fancy words or complicated structure; just poetry carved down to its essense - each word is 'organic' to the whole - no other words would work... Read morePublished on July 1, 2013 by Jeffrey L. Barbalics
I really love Mary Kay's writing .I love the poems that are biographical, autobiographical and ones that I just plain relate to . Read morePublished on June 30, 2013 by Elizabeth D. Retallack
Mary Karr offers new perspectives on faith -- the notion that our lives may be more than a meaningless splash in a meaningless ocean. Read morePublished on June 23, 2013 by M. A. Durlak
For fans of Karr's memoirs, this should be a treat. Especially after you've read LIT. Gritty, dark poems tinged with redemption.Published on June 11, 2013 by Kyle Prince