Common Carnage by Stephen Dobyns
(Poets, Penguin)

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Taking a different tack than John Keats in 'Ode to a Nightingale, ' Stephen Dobyns joins sixty-nine poems in Common Carnage, his ninth book of poetry, in order to address the conundrum 'How hard to love the world; we must love the world.' The spiritual intermixed with the bawdy, the courageous with the cowardly, the kindly with the cruel - Common Carnage rejects the decorous and decorative to map the complexity, the common carnage of our lives as it seeks to understand our nature.

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STEPHEN DOBYNS is the author of more than thirty novels and poetry collections, including The Church of Dead Girls, Cold Dog Soup, and Cemetery Nights. Among his many honors and awards are a Melville Cane Award, Pushcart Prizes, a National Poetry Series prize, and three National Endowment for the Arts fellowships. His novels have been translated into twenty languages, and his poetry has appeared in the Best American Poems anthology. Dobyns teaches creative writing at Warren Wilson College and has taught at the University of Iowa and Sarah Lawrence College.
Published April 1, 1996 by Penguin Books. 144 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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an attempt to explain physically, even by dissection, good (the Pope) versus evil (the terrorist Arkan) discovers differences (""Arkan is a vegetarian, the Pope likes meat""), but no explanations, until a nurse conjures the putative seat of evil, a spider in Arkan's skull.

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