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Volcano, The
Norman Dubie
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Volcano, The
Norman Dubie

Norman Dubie is a poet of prodigious imagination whose mercurial poems engage natural and political landscapes in an unstable contemporary world. The poems in this book take a candid look at the limitations of confronting atrocity. Dubie censures human shortcomings with precision and spins them into haunting, revelatory reminders of our capacity to achieve in language. The Boston Review has called Dubie's poems "extraordinary," and the evocative poems of The Volcano are lyrically intense, hallucinatory, and worldly. In a five-word poem "A New Moon" he laments "I will not see it." But there is much he does see: DNA ladders, Sasquatch, Pontius Pilate's mealy figs, and "a calliope of turtles / bobbing in the North Atlantic."

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"Largely narrative, these poems inhabit locales like South Boston or Tibet or Decatur, Illinois, and welcome literary and scientific figures alike. Many poems juxtapose the author's observations—real or imagined—after tragic events, also real or imagined. The intense and nearly hallucinatory poems make this book both difficult and fascinating."—Library Journal

"One of the most powerful and influential American poets."—Washington Post Book World

"Norman Dubie's 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."—The Washington Post

"Dubie's poems are works of great beauty, even when they deal with harsh realities."—National Poetry Review

"Dubie's dramatic poetry seeks to represent our deepest moments of perception, struggle, and revelation. Out of his voice comes the voice of multitudes. Yet his achievement and vision are singular."—American Book Review

"Dubie's poetry... is a brave vision of other worlds where human frailty and strength fuse to create a writing unlike any other in American poetry."—Bloomsberry Review

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