The Tormented Mirror by Russell Edson
(Pitt Poetry Series)

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This is the first book in the Pitt Poetry Series by this popular and enigmatic poet, considered the foremost writer of prose poetry in America. In eleven collections over thirty years, Edson has created his own poetic genre, a surreal philosophical fable, easy to enter, but difficult to leave behind. In The Tormented Mirror, Edson continues and refines his form in seventy-three new poems.

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Russell Edson is a playwright, novelist, and poet. He is the author of numerous 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 February 22, 2001 by University of Pittsburgh Press. 96 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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None of this is a departure for Edson, who, in over 12 small-press books of similar vignettes (selected by Oberlin in The Tunnel) and a novel (The Song of Percival Peacock, from Coffee House), has taken Ivy Compton-Burnett–style domestic strife and banter further than most might care to go.

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Delville's The American Prose Poem and Edson's The Tormented Mirror will help to solidify the prose poem's position in popular consideration—or at least to assert its presence forcefully and memorably.

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