In a Beautiful Country

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Four Way Books, 2011 - Poetry - 110 pages
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In a Beautiful Country examines America’s suburbs and exurbs where “The thrown newspaper fails / to reach the steps.” Taking place beside hospital beds and amid outlet malls, within earshot of military bases and in the light of horror movies, these poems mourn the loss of parents, friends, and our sense of our nation. Turning to ballad-like rhythms, Prufer critiques romanticized visions of art while asserting its central role in citizenship and empire.

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User Review  - Farren - Goodreads

I think I just really have a huge problem with a narrator so in control of every situation, as if the Voice of the poet is the Unfaltering Voice of God. The poems were...fine. Traditional. Sincere. Finely wrought. Thoughtfully structured. It was...kind of boring. Read full review

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User Review  - Amy - Goodreads

These poems are both timely and timeless. The voice comes as though from a newsreel, a Victrola, a bedside, speaking of uncommon histories, national tragedy and character, dying loved ones. There is ... Read full review

About the author (2011)

KEVIN PRUFER is the author of four poetry collections and editor-at-large of Pleiades. He teaches at the University of Houston.

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