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  - Cary - Goodreads

If the greatest poem in a book is the book itself, then this book is. The 'Terror of the Future' sequence is startling and sorrowful and powerful. Some words sound the same but mean different things ... Read full review

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User Review  - Melissa Barrett - Goodreads

Half of this book I lovelovelove (the Future of Terror poems and Terror of Future poems especially)--but there are a good number that I don't care for (the Roboboy poems, & the very short ones). I ... 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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