- Paperback: 116 pages
- Publisher: Steel Toe Books (February 29, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0982416962
- ISBN-13: 978-0982416969
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,756,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Imperfect Prayers Paperback – February 29, 2012
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In Imperfect Prayers, we are invited to overhear answered and unanswered prayers in all their keen and flint-edged edginess. Sharp, pointed, the poems confront the sacred and the profane and find them often to be made of the same elements, the same common dust. As in moments in John Donne and St. John of the Cross, you can almost imagine the poet is picking a fight with his divine beloved, double-daring the God to act, to be known, to show his hand. The mode here is not devotional, but confrontational, a contemporary Jacob wrestling with the questions of the flesh and the spirit. --Eric Pankey, author of The Pear As One Example: New and Selected Poems 1984-2008
Richard Carr has discovered that, when it comes to wrestling with the facts of our matter, one must not blink, nor hedge one's bets, nor ignore the suffering in the midst of beauty, the beauty in the midst of suffering. Neither glib dismissal nor giddy swoon, these poems perform a serious coming to grips with the God Who Is. This is unusual and compelling theodicy, and--I daresay--efficacious prayer. --Scott Cairns, author of Compass of Affection
Richard Carr's ten-line Imperfect Prayers are not religious poems. They are late-night cries for mercy, meditations on the spiritual truths of grocery shopping and dental procedures, and maddened love letters to the creator of constellations and children without limbs. As Jacob wrestled with the angel, this poet struggles toward intimacy with a mysterious, sometimes infuriating God, confessing that "[he] will never comprehend him." Comprehension--perhaps not. But with the creator "cupping both his hands over [the poet's] fist and jittery pen," Carr searches for God--and, I believe, finds him--in a frozen lake, a buzzing cicada, a flickering computer screen: "everywhere his unbearable odor and love." --Tania Runyan, author of Simple Weight and A Thousand Vessels
About the Author
RICHARD CARR's poetry and reviews have appeared in Poetry East, Exquisite Corpse, New Letters, Painted Bride Quarterly and many other journals. His chapbooks are Butterfly and Nothingness (a hypertext published by Mudlark) and Letters from North Prospect (winner of the Frank Cat Press Poetry Chapbook Award). His full-length poetry collections are Mister Martini (University of North Texas Press), Street Portraits (Backwaters Press), Honey (Gival Press), Ace (Word Works Books), One Sleeve (Evening Street Press), Imperfect Prayers (Steel Toe Books), and Dead Wendy (FutureCycle Press). His honors include the Washington Prize for Ace, the Gival Press Poetry Award for Honey, and the Vassar Miller Prize for Mister Martini.
Besides "serious" employment as a systems analyst, web designer, tavern manager, and college teacher, Richard has held an assortment of jobs in restaurants, big box and small town hardware stores, book and newspaper print shops, and on farms, as well as house painting, cabinet making, ice rink grooming, and, one summer, filling sunken graves in a cemetery. As a teenager, he wanted to be a concert pianist. His cat's name is "Fur" Elise, and his goldfish are called Aria and Goldberg. In college, he majored in philosophy. At one time, he could recite a hundred digits of pi. He once hitchhiked to California. His car is a Jaguar XJ8. He's been in three motorcycle crashes. None fatal.
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How wonderful to be able to share thoughts and ideas with others. Carr's poems are a challenge worth undertaking.