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Author Potts, Randall.
Title Trickster : poems / by Randall Potts.
Imprint Iowa City, IA : University of Iowa Press, 2014.

Author Potts, Randall.
Series Kuhl house poets
Kuhl House poets.
Subject American poetry.
Author Potts, Randall.
Series Kuhl house poets
Kuhl House poets.
Subject American poetry.
Description 1 online resource.
Note Print version record.
Contents Part I -- Trickster -- Nest -- A Natural History -- The Good Life -- The Ranch -- Stalker -- Passport -- The Inquisitor -- Balance -- Dream -- Dream -- Undoing -- Walk -- Part II -- Fable -- Folklore -- Swarm -- Divide Meadow -- Metamorphosis -- Annual -- Song of Ticks -- Eclogue -- Math -- The Trouble with You -- Him -- Part III -- Triage -- Fable -- Song for Oyster -- Living for Others -- Song for Dying -- The Hare -- Contest -- Unspoken -- Upstairs -- Counting the Animals -- Washroom (Oil Spill) -- Tanka -- Memorandum of Birds -- Eclipse -- Diary -- Familiar -- Golden Book -- Haiku -- Part IV -- Utopia Parkway -- Acknowledgments -- Notes.
Summary Trickster opens with a crank call to the reader: "How was I to know / You were thin, your garden / Was covered in smoke / That you sat in your house / Coughing?" Over the course of these beautiful and eerily accomplished poems, Potts's reader is taken on a journey that is at once time-scarred and resolutely contemporary, earthy and haunted, moving from estrangement to reconciliation. Amidst a deepening sense of crisis, the Trickster of Potts's imagination emerges as aggressor, prankster, victim, and healer, forging resilient music from the afflictions of the mind's "infested nest." Trickster veers quickly from meditation and narrative to song, plunging the reader into a liminal world of dreams, archaic lyrics, and fables, populated with figures ranging from the Hawk and Worm, the Cat and Dove, to Cold and Death. It is a wilderness in which all things are alive: "a blade of grass / equal to the suffering / of a lifetime." Yet it is also a place of menace, "where a fly with one wing, keeps / tipping over in the grass, where / the ants will have him." Whether or not the Trickster reaches utopia, he reckons with the world that is achievable on earth and in words, "those dreams of woods / relayed to you."
ISBN 9781609382957 (electronic bk.)
1609382951 (electronic bk.)
9781609382841 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
1609382846
OCLC # 885369345
Additional Format Print version: Potts, Randall. Trickster. Iowa City, Iowa : University Of Iowa Press, ©2014 82 pages Kuhl House poets. 9781609382841


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