Beautiful False Things by Irving Feldman

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This tenth collection of Irving Feldman's poems extends what readers and critics have long recognized as a body of work singular in its lyric, visionary, even prophetic intensity; its extravagant wit; its powerful storytelling; and its variety of voices and range of feeling - playful, tender, ardent, biting, enthralled. Here, among the major poems of Beautiful False Things, the stand-up comic Larry Sunrise of "Funny Bones" duels with death in Florida; in "Oedipus Host," Oedipus arrives from his millennia-long trek to host a TV talk show; and the plucky feminist heroine of "Heavenly Muse" visits yet another barely worthy male poet. In the tragicomic title poem, "translation" comes to stand for the dilemmas of expression in a culture that sucks up language and spews it back.

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Published December 1, 2007 by Grove Press. 112 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Feldman's better when practicing self-deprecation without simultaneously trying to even a score, as in the resolutely academic, ""Oedipus Host"" and ""Funny Bones, or Larry Dawn's 1001 Nights in Condolandia."" While his talk-show version of Oedipus at Colonus (tonight's guests: Job and Lear) isn'...

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