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Post Subject: A Fable (Akron Series in Poetry) Paperback – August 1, 2014
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About the Author
Oliver de la Paz is the author of four books of poetry: Names Above Houses, Furious Lullaby, Requiem for the Orchard, and Post Subject: A Fable. He is the coeditor of A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poems and the co-chair of Kundiman.org’s advisory board. He teaches creative writing in the MFA program at Western Washington University.
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There are two recurring characters, an artist and her son, who appear to symbolize the consequences of colonialism. It’s terrible what happens to them, but as with the rest of the empire, they’re described with wonderful lyricism. When we last see the son, he’s starving, “a spasm of skin.”
The very last poem of the alphabetical sequence was, of course, “These are your zebras. What an odd thing to bring to your lands, but what an extravagance. There is power, and there is power.” Post Subject, too, is a strange yet extravagant examination of Empire.