Dreams of a Robot Dancing Bee by James Tate

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“Fiction lovers who come to this book with an open mind will find themselves challenged and entertained by a brilliant writer with a very fertile imagination.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"When he turns to prose, this Pulitzer Prize-winning poet exhibits a surprisingly uncomplicated style."—Details

James Tate seems both awed and bemused by small-town life in these forty-four stories full of legends, flights of fancy, tragedies, and small ruptures in ordinary existence. His narrators speak in an idiom that is odd and completely American.

James Tate is the author of fourteen books of poetry and the recipient of numerous awards: fellowships from the NEA and Guggenheim foundations, the National Book Award, and the Pulitzer Prize.


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James Tate was born in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1943. He is the author of fifteen books of poetry, including Shroud of the Gnome; Worshipful Company of Fletchers, which won the National Book Award in 1994; Selected Poems, which won the Pulitzer Prize and the William Carlos Williams Award in 1991; Distance from Loved Ones; Reckoner; Constant Defender; Riven Doggeries; Viper Jazz; Absences; Hints to Pilgrims; The Oblivion Ha-Ha; and The Lost Pilot, which was selected by Dudley Fitts for the Yale Series of Younger Poets. In addition to his poetry, Tate has also published two books of prose, Dreams of a Robot Dancing Bee and The Route as Briefed, and edited The Best American Poetry 1997. His honors include a National Institute of Arts and Letters Award for Poetry, the Tanning Prize, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. He teaches at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.
Published December 1, 2008 by Wave Books. 232 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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“The Journey West” confronts a man with the futility of life in a fantasy of a road trip taken with his dying wife;

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Occasionally the stories are so strange that they simply defy categorization—"Beep," for instance, deals with a character who barks out strange noises in inappropriate situations, while the title story is a brief poetic musing about a middle-class man's growing sense of alienation: "I am an exper...

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