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Still Some Cake Paperback – January 11, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0887485459 ISBN-10: 0887485456 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Carnegie Mellon; 01 edition (January 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0887485456
  • ISBN-13: 978-0887485459
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 5.3 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 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: #2,348,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Cummins' Still Some Cake is filled with brilliant poems--"This Night of All Nights," "My Father's Hair," "The Greatest Generation," "The War of All Against All," and "Moses"--to name just some of the longer ones--written in an effortless, fluent style that presents surprises in almost every line. But the book transcends its individual poems, as its recurring obsessions--the burdens of the proximity of those closest to us, including ourselves--surface and resurface in the context of the family romance, history and war, the solitary, violent imagination, the narrative of the Bible--to create a fugue-like whole, by turns harrowing and exhilarating. Still Some Cake is one of the most powerful books in recent memory.

-John Koethe

Better than any American poet of his generation, Cummins, in a voice fierce, simple, and matter of fact, writes nakedly of men and violence, men and their fathers, men and their friends, men and the women and children they love. His command of formalism is still as impressive as it is unobtrusive, and with it he renders the self--that's all of us--and our human longing to speak our truth nakedly and to be whole. I read this book, and am astonished and graced.

-Marilyn Krysl

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"James Cummins's Still Some Cake is filled with brilliant poems—'This Night of All Nights,' 'My Father's Hair,' 'The Greatest Generation,' 'The War of All Against All,' and 'Moses'—to name just some of the longer ones—written in an effortless, fluent style that presents surprises in almost every line. But the book transcends its individual poems, as its recurring obsessions—the burdens of the proximity of those closest to us, including ourselves—surface and resurface in the context of the family romance, history and war, the solitary, violent imagination, the narrative of the Bible—to create a fugue-like whole, by turns harrowing and exhilarating. Still Some Cake is one of the most powerful books in recent memory." (John Koethe)

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So many wonderful poems written to stretch us back into the shape of our own reality of deepening insecurities and our wonder at what we are and what others we love are. We often pretend our lives as if we were always competent, aware and moving through this world benignly. James Cummins admits what we should all admit; that our wounds often wound others; and that our fictions of ourselves are penetralia we fear to expose, even to love or humor.

Poetry can't be more honest than this nor can it be more carefully crafted.
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