Fear itself: poems
"In his new collection of poetry, Rice is an expert practitioner of the paranoiac-surreal . . . . His true subject is the uneasy equation between horror and beauty, the 'liquification of flame' and the 'liquid of order.' He is often capable of delivering the instructive surprises of the best poetry." --Graham Christian,Library Journal From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Fear itself: poemsUser Review - Book Verdict
"I have gone in/To bear witness/And report back:/Chaos, sir," says Rice in "The Report" early in this volume. It is no surprise, then, to find that in his fifth collection of poetry Rice is an expert practitioner of the paranoiac-surreal; he walks the disquieting dreamscape familiar from the work of such poets as Galway Kinnell and Charles Simic. Despite his occasional insistence on the abrasive and vulgar (a church congregation portrayed as "semen-and blood-spurting sticks" marks the low point of this manner), his true subject is the uneasy equation between horror and beauty, the "liquification of flame" and the "liquid of order." He is often capable of delivering the instructive surprises of the best poetry; in one poem, he writes of a "stream, like darjeeling"; in another, an old poet wants to "twist...like/Cellophane in flame." For most poetry collections.--Graham Christian, Andover-Harvard Theological Lib., Cambridge, Mass.
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I really think poor Mr. Rice got a bad rap from being in the shadow of his more commercially successful spouse. These are perfectly excellent poems. Read full review
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