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Ahsahta Press, Boise State University, Jan 1, 2006 - Poetry - 67 pages
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Poetry. QUARANTINE is a book-length poem narrated by a man dying of the bubonic plague. Set outside London during the summer of 1665, the poem explores issues of sexuality and subjectivity while narrating a life within death. The narrative accumulates via accretion and contradiction, complicating the narrator's attempts to truthfully describe his life, and therefore complicating the narrative itself. QUARANTINE is the fourth book by Henry and won the 2003 Alice Fay di Castagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America. His previous titles include AMERICAN INCIDENT and GRAFT. Henry teaches at the University of Richmond.

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Just a really great performance. I didn't give it the chance it deserves until probably the tenth read-thru--which is telling of both its brevity and nuance. This'll be one I keep around for affirmation. Read full review


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Brian Henry is the author of five books of poetry, most recently The Stripping Point and Quarantine. His translation of the Slovenian poet Tomaz Salamun's book Woods and Chalices was published in 2008. He co-edits Verse, and his criticism has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, the Times Literary Supplement, and other publications. He lives in Virginia.

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