Halflife by Meghan O'Rourke

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"Impressive. A box full of surprises and intense delights."—Billy Collins

The 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.

About Meghan O'Rourke

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Meghan O'Rourke is the author of the poetry collections Halflife and Once, and a memoir, The Long Goodbye. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, among them The New Yorker and Slate. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Published April 17, 2007 by W. W. Norton & Company. 96 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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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 ...

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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

Entertainment Weekly

Originally posted Apr 20, 2007 Published in issue #931-932 Apr 27, 2007 Order article reprints

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