- Paperback: 96 pages
- Publisher: University of Arkansas Press; First edition (March 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1557288372
- ISBN-13: 978-1557288370
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,386,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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My Father Says Grace: Poems First Edition
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The first poem in this collection, which lends the book its title, is a treasure. Platt excels at taking a modest human, often familial, moment and exploding it to reveal the dense possibilities within. When his father, stricken with Alzheimer's, attempts to say grace but emits only "jabbering . . . his fuses all blown," Platt constructs a litany of all that he might be saying: "Praise be / to the salt / in its shaker for it brings out the truest taste of whatever / we eat" and "Glory be to the body, switchboard / that will finally / shut down." The rest of the book lives up to this grand opening, offering expansive long poems in eccentric triplets--one long, sweeping line sandwiched between two brief ones--that well captures the way ordinary life both confines and frees us. Whether writing about family birthdays or Janis Joplin, Platt shows life's pain, and its iridescence. Patricia Monaghan
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