Grazing by Ira Sadoff
POEMS (Illinois Poetry Series)

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An experienced and highly respected poet, Ira Sadoff crafts hard-edged scenes, honed on the stuff of real life. From the unblinking honesty of "My Mother's Funeral" to the cultural worship of "At the Movies", Sadoff carves out, with each remarkable line, an unforgettable sensuousness.

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Ira Sadoff: Ira Sadoff is the author of seven collections of poetry, including Barter, and Grazing (U. of Illinois), a novel, O. Henry prize-winning short stories, and The Ira Sadoff Reader (a collection of stories, poems, and essays about contemporary poetry). He is the recipient of a Creative Arts Fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts and a Fellowship from the Guggenheim foundation. His poems have been widely anthologized, including in the Harper Anthology of American Literature, and The Bedford Introduction to Literature, Great American Prose Poems, and The Best American Poetry 2002 and 2008. His newest critical book, History Matters: Contemporary Poetry on the Margins of Culture, on the relationship between poetry and culture, was published in 2009 by the University of Iowa Press. Former poetry editor of The Antioch Review and co-founder of The Seneca Review, he has taught at the Iowa Writers Workshop, and the MFA programs at the University of Virginia, Warren Wilson College, and currently teaches at Colby College and the MFA program at Drew University.
Published July 1, 1998 by University of Illinois Press. 88 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Hoping to capture ""the sheer magma of it all,"" Sadoff tries hard to be gritty and shocking, robbing our noses in ""pisshole"" towns and dismissing Vivaldi as a ""poor obsessive ballless hack."" A hateful poem on Richard Nixon makes it harder to sympathize with Sadoff's moments of self-pity in "...

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"Wind" becomes "omen" by "omen" doing "things to the trees," which is of course what wind does to trees, albeit not with the sinister, anthropomorphized overtones that "omen" suggests.

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