The Drunken Driver Has the Right of Way by Ethan Coen
Poems

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From the fabulously creative filmmaker who wrote and produced movies such as Fargo, Barton Fink, and Blood Simple, this is a provocative, revealing, and often hilarious collection of poems that offers insight into an artist who has always pushed the boundaries of his craft.

In his screenplays and short stories, Ethan Coen surprises and delights us with a rich brew of ideas, observations, and perceptions. In his first collection of poems he does much the same. The range of his poems is remarkable–funny, ribald, provocative, sometimes raw, and often touching and profound.

In these poems Coen writes of his childhood, his hopes and dreams, his disappointments, his career in Hollywood, his physically demanding love affair with Mamie Eisenhower, and his decade-long battle with amphetamines that produced some of the lengthier poems in the collection. You will chuckle, nodding with recognition as you turn the pages, perhaps even stopping occasionally to read a poem. Handsomely and durably bound between hard covers, this is a book that will stand up to most readers’ attempts to destroy it.


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About Ethan Coen

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With his brother, Joel, ETHAN COEN has written, directed, and produced some of the most original and beloved movies in the history of cinema, including Raising Arizona; Miller’s Crossing; Barton Fink; The Hudsucker Proxy; Fargo; The Big Lebowski; O Brother, Where Art Thou?; Intolerable Cruelty; an adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s No Country for Old Men; Burn After Reading; and—most recently—True Grit, which was nominated for ten Academy Awards. Ethan Coen has also written collections of plays (Almost an Evening), short stories (Gates of Eden), and poetry (The Drunken Driver Has the Right of Way).
 
Published April 1, 2009 by Crown. 137 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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The co-creator (with his brother Joel) of such terrific, offbeat movies as Fargo and Barton Fink here turns his attention to

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Despite his notable metrical facility, Coen (who has also published a book of short stories, Gates of Eden) seems to regard verse largely as a way to blow off steam, rather than as a serious second vocation;

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Austin Chronicle

"However much you plan and pray,/Alas, alack, tant pis, oy we,/Now -- heretofore -- 'til Judgment Day,/The drunken driver has the right of way," Coen winks in the title poem, and that sense of blind chance, of destiny ruling the day, is one we recognize from more than a few of the Coen Brothers' ...

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