Modern Life: Poems

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Graywolf Press, Oct 2, 2007 - Poetry - 80 pages
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Matthea Harvey's Modern Life introduces a new voice that tries to exist in the gray area between good and evil, love and hate. In the central sequences, "The Future of Terror" and "The Terror of the Future," Harvey imagines citizens and soldiers at the end of their wits at the impending end of the world. Her prose pieces and lyrics examine the divided, halved self in poems about centaurs, ship figureheads, and a robot boy. Throughout, Harvey's signature wit and concision show us the double-sided nature of reality, of what we see and what we know.

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User Review  - Margaryta - Goodreads

Another case of a poetry book where I loved many of the images found scattered throughout the entire book but when it came to actually diving in and enjoying an entire poem problems started. I did ... Read full review

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User Review  - Helen - Goodreads

This is the third book of Harvey's I've read this summer, and I have to say, while I wasn't hugely keen on the first book, I've really grown to love her. These poems are surreal, mostly prose poems ... Read full review

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Matthea Harvey is the author of Sad Little Breathing Machine and Pity the Bathtub Its Forced Embrace of the Human Form. She is a contributing editor at jubilat and Bomb, and teaches at Sarah Lawrence College. She lives in Brooklyn.

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