National Anthem: Poems

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Four Way Books, 2008 - Poetry - 82 pages
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The poems in National Anthem, the fourth collection of poetry from critically-acclaimed poet and critic Kevin Prufer, are finely-studied short films about America in the 21st century. Set in an apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic world that is disturbing because it is uncannily familiar, National Anthem chronicles the aftermath of the failure of imperial vision. Allowing Rome and America to bleed into one another, Prufer masterfully weaves the threads of history into an anthem that is as intimate as it is far-reaching.

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User Review  - Christina Borgoyn - Goodreads

Really like his prose style, but the disjointed form his poems tend to take are at times hard to follow. The best out of this little book was "History." Read full review

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User Review  - Joe Imwalle - Goodreads

Not my favorite book of poems but contains some great ones that stand out: "The Moon Is Burning", "National Anthem", "History", "The Enormous Parachute", "Kneeling Man: Paused Footage", "Cicada Shell", and "Dying Bird" Read full review


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KEVIN PRUFER is the author of Fallen from a Chariot, The Finger Bone, and Strange Wood. He is the editor of PLEIADES: A Journal of New Writing. He is the recipient of an individual fellowship from the NEA, three Pushcart Prizes, and two George Bogin Awards from the Poetry Society of America. He is on the board of the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC). He lives in rural Missouri. 

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