"Impressive. A box full of surprises and intense delights."—Billy CollinsThe insomniac speakers in Halflife are coming of age in a mythical world full of threat and promise. Seeking their true selves amid the fallen cathedrals of America, they speak wryly of destructive love affairs, aesthetic obsession, and encroaching war, but refuse to abandon hope in the power of imagination.
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In quick, deft strokes, she pits the innocent pride of youth (the boy stretched on the lawn, / fighting sleep, / fingers the tournament ring) against an atmosphere of gathering menace (Wet daggers of grass, eyelashes like / tiny whips), and ends with an image of Whitmanesque generosity and ...Apr 29 2007 | Read Full Review of Halflife: Poems
The first collection from O'Rourke—critic, Slate culture editor and poetry editor at the Paris Review— displays a playful, energetic intelligence, varied aesthetics and a welcome self-possession, along with the inevitable growing pains.Mar 19 2007 | Read Full Review of Halflife: Poems
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