Insomniac Liar of Topo

Norman Dubie

The poems in Norman Dubie’s The Insomniac Liar of Topo behave much like a linear particle accelerator: they explode worlds into each other with tremendous speed in order to discover the worlds within. Populated by a menagerie of mystics, holy men, and artists, Dubie’s poems bring together the astonishingly grotesque and sardonically beautiful to call forth the sincere within the context of war and human dissonance.

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ISBN: 9781556592638

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About the Author

Norman Dubie is the author of thirty books of poetry, most recently Robert Schumann Is Mad Again. His previous volume, The Quotations of Bone, won the 2016 Griffin International Poetry Prize. His other books of poetry include The Volcano, Insomniac Liar of Topo, Ordinary Mornings of a Coliseum, and The Mercy Seat: Collected & New Poems, 1967–2001, all from Copper Canyon Press. His poems have appeared in such magazines as The New Yorker, The American Poetry Review, Narrative, Blackbird, Lake …

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Reviews

“Dubie has already been recognized as one of the most powerful and influential American poets… his poems have always been generous and inclusive, capable of containing multiple and conflicting worlds—of memory and the present, of the artistic and the daily.” —Washington Post Book World

“Dubie has a singular talent for inhabiting a persona and making convincing representations of another person’s life, taking on a different view and experience of the world… It is the tenderness of his identifications that make Dubie’s work so extraordinary.” —Boston Review