A Mouth in California by Graham Foust

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Poetry. A MOUTH IN CALIFORNIA, Graham Foust's fourth book of poetry, uses the ironies and anxieties of contemporary life as a foil for mordant and sometimes violent humor. Through mangled aphorisms, misheard song lyrics, and off-key phrasing, Foust creates a unique idiom of tragicomic pratfalls, a ballet of falling down. Yet the elasticity of Foust's language repels the stiff-necked adversaries of thought: "what's the wrong way to break / that brick of truth back into music?"

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Graham Foust is the author of three previous books of poetry including Necessary Stranger (Flood Editions, 2007). He lives in Oakland and teaches at Saint Mary's College of California.
Published December 1, 2009 by Flood Editions. 96 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Here again are Foust’s startling one-liners, just this side of nonsense, yet hauntingly accurate: “Money belongs together,” “There should be more works of art like those/ on which I wrote no dissertation,” “They don’t give trophies for frenzy,/ do they?” Here, too, are quiet self-characterization...

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