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From poolside to seaside, barroom to classroom, sex club to colonial Florida, Randall Mann’s curiosity endeavors to discover, often ironically, the beauty of things in the world around him. These meditations—harsh, honest, explicit (though never vulgar), dark, and astute—reflect a sentiment for the urbane and the primitive in nature, history, love, and humankind. Mann invites readers into lush landscapes, sundry histories, and a contemporary gay San Francisco populated by those things and people loved and lost.

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In the grainy yellow artless light a warmth is in the air. and our fair hero—shirtless, thin— flips his feathered hair

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Randall Mann was born in Provo, Utah, and now lives in San Francisco, California. His poetry and book reviews have appeared in the New Republic, Paris Review, Poetry, Salmagundi, and Verse. He works as an administrative analyst at the University of California, San Francisco.
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Product Details

  • Series: Kenyon Review Prize in Poetry Series
  • Paperback: 55 pages
  • Publisher: Zoo Press (March 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932023127
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932023121
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 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: #1,867,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Randall Mann lures you into his garden with formal poetic structures and luscious descriptions of Florida. But watch out: Mann's language will pull you around into lands erotic, sad, and sometimes, even a little frightening. It's a dazzling ride. This book won the prestigious Kenyon Prize. Randall Mann is one of the most exciting young poets to come along.
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I can't stop reading this incredible book of poetry--beautiful poem after beautiful poem after beautiful poem. Mann has a rare gift for describing landscape. His poems about both love and life as a gay man are incredibly moving. But perhaps most importantly, Mann's use of form--particulary in his sonnets and villanelles--is just lovely--and quite brilliant. This is the best book of poetry that I've seen in a long, long time.
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