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Mosquito Operas Paperback – July 14, 2010
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Philip Dacey's book, brilliantly titled, has the incisive power and resonance of the greatest short poems from the ancient Greek and Oriental poets to moderns like Pound, Crane, Williams, Stevens, Bly, Strand. These poems are that rare combination: technique infused with magic, magic infused with technique. Dacey hones and sharpens language until, again and again, the universe balances on a single line, a single image, often a single word. The ripple effect of the magic is without end. ----James Doyle, author of Bending Under the Yellow Police Tapes
Philip Dacey is smart, wise, and funny -- sometimes all at once. These short poems come at us quickly, like whispered asides, or mulligan wisdom, and are gone before we know what hit us. Then, like jokes or aphorisms, they hang around in your head. And so, in these snaps and pops, Dacey is a George Carlin, a Ben Franklin, of poetry; his short poems catch you off guard, spin you a bit, and leave you thinking. Mosquito Operas is a delight, and a good reminder that often it is the little things that matter. ----Louis McKee, author of Near Occasions of Sin
The body is said to experience orgasm s contractions six tenths of a second apart. The brain is a different animal. Analogous sensations in the minds of patrons of Mosquito Operas shall occur following interludes of, say, six seconds paroxysms not merely memorable, but many unforgettable. Moreover, seduced by the arrangement of those moments and new music in tune with it, here we're talking multiple climaxes. ----Karl Elder, author of The Minimalist s How-to Handbook
About the Author
Philip Dacey is the author of ten previous full-length books of poems, the latest Vertebrae Rosaries: 50 Sonnets (Red Dragonfly Press, 2009). He's received three Pushcart Prizes, a Discovery Award from the New York YM-YWHA's Poetry Center, and many fellowships (Fulbright to Yugoslavia, Woodrow Wilson to Stanford, and two from the National Endowment for the Arts), as well as prizes for individual poems from Poetry Northwest, Yankee, Prairie Schooner, Kansas Quarterly, Nebraska Review, and The Ledge. With David Jauss, he co-edited Strong Measures: Contemporary American Poetry in Traditional Forms (Harper & Row, 1986). Among his books are whole volumes of poems about Gerard Manley Hopkins, Thomas Eakins, and New York City.