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  - Shawn (ThatOneEnglishGradStudent) - Goodreads

This collection definitely lives up to its title, as these poems are distinctly modern. The majority of the poems are prose poems, which is one of my favorite forms. Harvey's use of imagery and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Michael Palkowski - Goodreads

These poems have stuck with me longer than I anticipated they would and come up in everyday life. I think about dotted lines along the canal when I am walking outside. I think about the city being cut ... 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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