Mercy Seat by Bruce Smith
(Phoenix Poets)

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Bruce Smith's new collection of poems presents a formidable vision of growing up "white male North American" in the fifties and sixties. With poems whose subjects range from football to politics to jazz, Mercy Seat is a book by a native son who has survived the brokenness of his country to sing a paradoxical new song for a new age.

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Bruce Smith lover of history and historical writing, write on the Arts and Crafts movement, bungalows, craft, and food. Smith was the editor of American Bungalow News and associate editor of American Bungalow magazine. Smith co-owns The Arts and Crafts Press in Berkely, California, publishers of The Tabby: A Chronicle of the Arts and Crafts Movement.
Published May 2, 1994 by University of Chicago Press. 55 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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after military service, the poet's father comes home, ``a boy inside him / like a shell that didn't explode.'' Meanwhile, the sons listen to the blues at night (``it made us glow like vacuum tubes in bed''), a music that speaks to them, but accidentally: ``We intercepted notes intended for / the ...

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