Shells by Mr. Craig Arnold
(Yale Series of Younger Poets)

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This year's winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets competition is Craig Arnold's Shells, which was acclaimed as "a gifted collection of daring writing" by the contest judge, the distinguished poet W. S. Merwin. Arnold plays on the idea of the shell as both the dazzling surface of the self and a hard case that protects the self against the assaults of the world. His poems narrate amatory and culinary misadventures. "Friendships based on food", Arnold writes, "are rarely stable" -- this book is full of wildly unstable and bewitching friendships and other significant relations.

About Mr. Craig Arnold

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Poet Craig Arnold was born on November 16, 1967. He received a B.A. in English from Yale University and a Ph.D in creative writing from the University of Utah. He published two collections of poetry: Shells (1999), which won the 1998 Yale Younger Poets Competition, and Made Flesh (2008). He won numerous honors and awards including the Amy Lowell Traveling Poetry Scholarship, the Joseph Brodsky Rome Prize Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the US-Japan Creative Artists Exchange Fellowship, and the Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize. He taught poetry at the University of Wyoming. He went missing on the small volcanic island of Kuchinoerabu-jima, Japan on April 30, 2009. It is believed that he fell off a cliff during a solo hike to explore an active volcano.
Published March 11, 1999 by Yale University Press. 102 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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If the body is like food, and vice versa, then enjoying both involves risks: the nausea of bad shellfish, for example, and AIDS, which are linked in “Hot,” a long narrative about a friend who loves spicy food but who’s lost his taste with illness.

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As subjects, cast-offs, or figurative devices, Arnold marshals mussels, crabs, scallops, clams and barnacles. In Little Shrimp he imitates the involutions of spira mirabilis, and narrates a night

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You say That's sick./ You say The things men think of are so cruel."" Readers will find Arnold's pearly conceits hard to resist, but for all their inspired technique, they offer little beyond the masculine clich s (straight and otherwise) they examine.

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