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Human Nature - Alice Anderson

Hardcover Published: 1st December 1994
ISBN: 9780814706329
Number Of Pages: 104

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Human Nature explores, both seductively and horrificly, the redemptive possibilities found in an American girlhood gone wrong. Every one of Anderson's poems tells a story—dangerous, sensuous, sometimes crazy, sometimes sacred tales that take us into the heartbreaking reality and strangeness of a little girl who grew up the woman of the house; at once drink-maker, showpiece, secret-keeper, and object of lust.

The terrain of incest and violence sets itself out on the page so subtely and plainly that the poems become mere containers for these extremes, a kind of prayer. Where formal grace might seem impossible, Anderson sings. And this is why the book —with all its darkness and danger—is, in the end, an affirmative one. The poems rise out of childhood's sorrows into a womanhood filled with the past, hell-bent on the future, and ready for a fight. In haunting, elegant verse, Anderson enters into the truth of experience. Through it all, the poems come to embrace those universal illuminations that arise out of--or even because of--suffering.

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"Beware all those who enter here. Anderson's remarkable first book...is like an outcropping of hell--the reader is compelled by fascination and horror to keep reading...Anderson's life force is implicit in the language throughout these poems, objective, exact, charged with an emotional force given only to those who have been to hell and returned to tell the tale."

-Publishers Weekly

The Splitp. 3
The Good Christianp. 6
Licking Woundsp. 8
The Markp. 11
What the Night Is Likep. 15
Answersp. 21
The Suicide Yearp. 24
Girl Cadaverp. 26
The Testp. 28
Looking for Nicolep. 30
Sibling Rivalryp. 35
Little Girl Cadaverp. 40
Playing Deadp. 45
Defensep. 47
Blue-Blackoutp. 49
New Japanp. 53
Communionp. 57
Griefp. 58
To the Wolvesp. 60
Escapep. 63
Ceremony of Lightp. 69
Convictionp. 72
The Fightp. 76
Returnp. 78
Human Naturep. 85
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ISBN: 9780814706329
ISBN-10: 0814706320
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 104
Published: 1st December 1994
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 14.61  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.23

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