Queen of Terrors by Robert Kelly

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Tracking the elusive self -- the ultimate subject of all narratives -- into ever more personal territory, Robert Kelly presents twenty-five new fictions to surprise even his wariest readers. All but one composed since Cat Scratch Fever, each story shares the urge to break constraints of linear thought in the reconstruction of experience. The stories tell of strange encounters with desires in its many forms: cosmography, bestiary, heroic mythology. Included are two novella-length works: "In Irish America" explores all of our displaced immigrant yearnings, men and women caught in the eloquent fantasies we spin in poverty and exile. The thirty-two chapters sing out loud, escaping into image-filled music. "The Red King," a subtle meditation on the poetics of politics, completes the book, complementing Kelly’s famous "Cities" (in the earlier volume A Transparent Tree). Here, a man of enigmatic, gentle omnipotence re-inherits his own body touch-by-touch.

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Published May 1, 1994 by McPherson. 158 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Kelly (Cat Scratch Fever, 1991, etc.), long a poetic innovator, continues to prove himself equally prolific and adept at ``fictions.'' Incorporating neither character nor plot, these 24 cerebral pieces meditate on the lofty and the mundane.

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But he smelled of Africa.'' Others leave readers pondering not only the writing but also the questions raised--like the title piece, really a philosophical riff on death, ``the King of Terrors,'' and sex, ``the Queen.'' One of the most compelling and complex stories is ``In Irish America,'' which...

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