Catherine Wagner's Miss America makes poetry of contemporary erudition and confession out of a new sort of baroque plain speech. Wagner's roving eye and ear take into consideration all the offerings of our world- magazines, breakfast, ghosts- and find brilliant encryptions of human physical reality in perfect words. Nothing is too far away or too close to warrant reaction: Good Housekeeping, Edmund Spenser, mayonnaise, boobs, death; all compose Wagner's vernacular of music and knowledge, a kind of thinking out loud that translates into a witty, vertiginous awareness.
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Review: Miss AmericaUser Review - Valerie - Goodreads
Catherine Wagner's poems are not the most understandable, but I liked them a lot. Her phrases are funny. She mixes types of speech and tones in a pleasing way. I want to find more of her books, and ... Read full review
Review: Miss AmericaUser Review - Lightsey - Goodreads
This little book is a blast. Never mind that it's not really my sort of poetics (where's the punctuation?), I'm just reeling along in Wagner's wake. There's a lot of "oh no she didn't!" here (sample ... Read full review