Miss America

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Fence Books, 2001 - Poetry - 68 pages
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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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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

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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


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Poet Catherine Wagner was born to military parents in Burma and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. Wagner is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop, and the University of Utah's Ph.D in Literature program. She is Assistant Professor at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

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