See Jack by Russell Edson
(Pitt Poetry Series)

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“An artist who moonlights as a dentist. A worm who's eternal. A farmer who milks his cow to death.  Not to mention the guy with a belly button for an eye. Russell Edson, self-named Little Mr. Prose Poem, returns with See Jack, a book of fractured fairy tales, whose impeccable logic undermines logic itself, a book that champions what he has called elsewhere 'the dark uncomfortable metaphor.' 'What better way to die,' he writes in the final prose poem, 'than waiting for the fat lady to sing in the make-believe of theater, where nothing's real, not the fat lady, not even death . . . '  See Jack may be Edson's best book yet—proof that his imaginative powers keep growing. What a deliciously scary thought!”

—Peter Johnson


About Russell Edson

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Russell Edson is a playwright, novelist, and poet. He is the author of eighteen previous poetry collections, including The Tormented Mirror, The Reason Why the Closet-Man is Never Sad, The Wounded Breakfast: Ten Poems, and The Tunnel: Selected Poems.
Published March 28, 2009 by University of Pittsburgh Press. 80 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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In his 19th collection of prose poems, Edson's imagination remains as bizarre as ever, although he breaks no new ground.

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The proximity of sleep and death haunt “An Old Man Putting an Old Man to Bed,” in which an old man administers to himself forms of care richly desired and utterly impossible: “He could do everything for the old man except kiss him on his forehead as children are done before they sleep.” We die, a...

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