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Fast Animal
by Tim Seibles


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2012 National Book Award Finalist in Poetry

"Crisply comic, disarmingly frank, and aurally bold ..."
--Publishers Weekly

This collection by African American poet Tim Seibles explores a range of poetic form, including lyric, ode, narrative, and mystical.  Read more...


 
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Overview

2012 National Book Award Finalist in Poetry

"Crisply comic, disarmingly frank, and aurally bold ..."
--Publishers Weekly

This collection by African American poet Tim Seibles explores a range of poetic form, including lyric, ode, narrative, and mystical. Like a "fast animal," the poet's voice can swiftly change direction and tone as he crisscrosses between present and past.

"Built like one single sustained song, "Fast Animal" is alive with music, ardor, and wit that flow in utterances that are uniquely Seibles'] and his alone."--Laure-Anne Bosselaar, author of "The Hour Between"

From "Delores Jepps"

"It seems insane now, but
she'd be standing soaked
in schoolday morning light,
her loose-leaf notebook,
flickering at the bus stop,
and we almost trembled
at the thought of her mouth
filled for a moment with both
of our short names. I don't know
what we saw when we saw
her face, but at fifteen there's
so much left to believe in... "

Tim Seibles, who teaches at Old Dominion University, is the author of six previous books, including "Body Moves" and "Hurdy-Gurdy." His poetry has been featured in "Best American Poetry 2010." Seibles has been the recipient of an NEA grant for poetry and Open Voice award.

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780983294429
  • ISBN-10: 0983294429
  • Publisher: Etruscan Press
  • Publish Date: February 2012
  • Page Count: 90
  • Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.45 pounds


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Books > Poetry > American - African American

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

Publishers Weekly® Reviews

  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2011-12-19
  • Reviewer: Staff

Crisply comic, disarmingly frank, and aurally bold, the sharpest poems in this seventh volume from Seibles (Hammerlock) set their emotional honesty in concisely unpredictable free verse. Many concern straight boys and young men in love: poems named for childhood friends, for a middle school beauty, for high school girlfriends, shuttle between a sunlit puppy love and a sadder reflection on men and women, want and need. In “Alison Wolff,” the African-American Seibles and his teenage pals “wondered what white girls were/ really like, as if they’d been raised/ by the freckled light of the moon.” In “Donna James,” sex itself is “a kind of/ miracle,” but not quite a surprise. These tender poems reach back decades for their realism (Seibles grew up in the 1950s and 1960s). Along with them come poems of popular culture, fantasy, and contemporary life in the person of the superhero Blade, an African-American vampire hunter who is half vampire himself: “The first time/ I killed a vampire I was// sad: I mean/ we were almost/ family.” Seibles’s clipped lines owe a lot to Yusef Komunyakaa, and to Robert Creeley, too, as well as to his own warm, reflective powers, making his poems on teenage preoccupations ultimately serious, wry, likable, and paradoxically adult. (Feb.)

 
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