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Ceiling of Sticks : Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry - Shane Book

Ceiling of Sticks

Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry

Paperback Published: 1st September 2010
ISBN: 9780803215580
Number Of Pages: 80

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Winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry, Shane Book's collection, "Ceiling of Sticks," is a powerful and unflinching sort of documentary poetics. It bears elegiac witness to the effects of global politics on individual lives. Book's poems carry us to Uganda, Ghana, Mali, Trinidad, and Canada's west coast; from a religious sacrifice in Tarahumara, Mexico, to Book's ailing grandfather's bedside. They bring an intimate vision of humanity to scenes of inhuman atrocity and suffering; a moment of clarity and empathy to individuals overwhelmed by war or other man-made catastrophes. The attentiveness of the poems and meditative lyrics reveal a careful allegiance to their subjects and a fearless refusal to turn away. Filled with experiences of Africa and Latin America, California and the Caribbean, family and lost love, these poems resonate with the intensity of truth as it is lived and written.

Industry Reviews

"This collection brings a highly developed sense of global politics up for inspection... The elucidation of 'the political' is most often centered on the body, thus the poems are both emotionally revealing and gripping." Eloise Klein Healy, author of The Islands Project

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The One
the Lost Conquistador
Photograph of Religious Sacrifice, Tarahumara, Mexico, 1984
Santa Cruz
Stark Room
Uganda, 1997
the Beach
San Fernando, Trinidad, 1954
Blind Woman of Gondan
Shaving my grandfather in his hospital bed (1)
the Market
My People
Shaving my grandfather in his hospital bed (2)
to A Curl of Water
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ISBN: 9780803215580
ISBN-10: 0803215584
Series: Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 80
Published: 1st September 2010
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 0.64
Weight (kg): 0.13

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