A Hummock in the Malookas by Matthew Rohrer
Poems (The National Poetry Series)

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Exploring quirky perspectives on truth, a critically acclaimed collection of poetry explores a landscape of skewed realities in which the impossible becomes familiar. Winner of the 1994 Natonal Poetry Series. Reprint.

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Matthew Rohrer was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and grew up in Oklahoma. He attended the Iowa Writers' Workshop, University College Dublin, and the University of Michigan, where he won the Avery Hopwood Award for poetry. His first book, A Hummock in the Malookas, was a winner of the National Poetry Series and chosen as a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 1995. Mary Oliver called his work "beautiful and disquieting," and Harvard Review notes that his poems are "everywhere marked by freshness and originality." He has appeared on NPR's All Things Considered - The Book Show, and is a poetry editor of Fence.
Published February 1, 1991 by W. W. Norton & Company. 78 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Rohrer's imagery is intensely visual, as in the opening lines of ``news of the dead pope'': ``Out of a window musical notes float in single file/ past the windbreak of sage-colored trees.'' In Rohrer's landscape, the inanimate is conscious: dust from a snapped rug hangs angrily in the air;

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