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Tin Can Tourist Paperback – September 1, 2001


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 79 pages
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press; 2 edition (September 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823221520
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823221523
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,822,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The most exciting quality of Hightower's work is its poetic and paradoxical unifying of emotional and intellectual depth with a marvelous quietness. Its lively incidents and anecdotes are grounded, rooted, in meditative awareness." - Marie Ponsot, winner of the 1998 National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry and author of The Bird Catcher

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Scott Hightower is contributing editor to The Journal and teaches at Fordham University and New York University.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 7, 2001
Format: Paperback
The voice in this debut collection communicates experience and observation with a confidence that subverts the self-centered reflections we might expect from a "typical tourist." Indeed the speaker is well-traveled and has seen plenty, but his is a search that takes this book beyond the anecdote and into the tradition of the poet hungry for geography, landscape and motion, pushing his imagination into an active dialogue with his intellect. Literature has long recognized the need for poets to displace themselves from the familiar surroundings in order to sharpen the insights of empathy and vision. Hightower has undertaken such journeys, charting paths that guide us, his readers, into startling revelations. But what really impresses me is the way this poet is so attuned to the exceptional qualities of the ordinary, that even the Texas ranch, like Rome, can provide an important window into the world at large. Hightower never falters into sermon or presumption, but keeps his language honest and true to the stories he has to tell.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Goldberg on February 11, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Why did it take so long? Scott Hightower has been writing great poetry for a while now, but only recently has it found it's way into a volume. Tin Can Tourist is an amazing collection of beautiful poems. It's a cornucopia of imagery language and place. Each page and poem is a treat, I have returned to this book time and time again. It only gets better folks. If you like J. D. McClatchy, Mark Doty, Marie Ponsot, or Richard Howard you'll love this book. Heck, if you like words you'll love this book. It's a joy and a permanent fixture on reading list.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 17, 2003
Format: Paperback
I have had the pleasure of having Mr. Hightower as a teacher. Although sometimes he could be a bit much in class, I learned a lot from him. He writes from what he knows. He is not pretenious. He made us all feel as though our writing meant something. He pushed us to reach our best, and that his what he finds in himself, the best.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Martha S. Mcphee on July 26, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Here is a wonderful first book that employs the markers that have come to stand, in Texas, in Rome, for permanence, from fence to forum--the legal lattice-work of land ownership, graves, burial mounds--in a brilliant meditation on transience that displaces all of these things. As you read this book, the title begins to shimmer, pointing to our own passing, the temporary shelter we have taken here on earth, as tourists in time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steve 1947 on March 5, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is an example of an author using almost identical titles for what would seem to be companion books, but turn out to be unrelated. It seems a sneaky effort to sell a book that would not otherwise be of interest to the people that purchased the first book. The first book is historical . The suggestion in the presentation of the second book is that it is poetry from those about whom the first book was written. However fine the poetry of the second book may be ,it isn't what it seemed to be
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