Marfan by Peter Reading

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In this Poetry Book Society Special Commendation collection from the 1990 Lannan Literary Award winner for poetry, Peter Reading, the scourge of Britain's sham, uncaring society, sentences himself to a year's exile deep in the empty heart of Texas. This richly observed, unsparingly caustic booklength poem, presents the unflattering but grimly affectionate portrait of the hick town of Marfa (pop. 2,474). Here are cowpokes and Bible bashers, crazies in Chevies, trigger-happy Border Patrolmen, and gabby old-timers in Ray's Bar, all intent on bending Reading's ear. He takes it all in, just as the slaughtered Indians and despised 'Spiks' have done, but this suspicious stranger answers back. In blackly ironic, highly sophisticated poetry, created in their own language, out of their own drawling mouths, Reading's rednecks damn themselves in this latter-day, divine comedy set in an arid all-American wasteland.
 

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Peter Reading the only British poet to have won the Lannan Literary Award for Poetry twice.
 
Published September 1, 2000 by Bloodaxe Books Ltd. 64 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Reading, who won the Lannan Literary Award for Poetry in 1990, was the first recipient of the Lannan Foundation Literary Residency—which, for some unstated reason, dumped him in the obscure Texas town of Marfa (pop.

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Marfan Peter Reading 64pp, Bloodaxe, £6.95 Buy it at BOL Peter Reading's latest volume, Marfan , is the fruit of a year spent in small-town Texas as "a solitary, voluntary exile", funded by the Lannan Foundation, an American institution which gives generous awards to writers.

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Relentlessly bleak, restlessly clever and suffused with metaphysical bile, Reading's 24 books of verse (all published since 1973) have won him fiercely devoted admirers in his native Britain.

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