Ugh Ugh Ocean by Joanna Fuhrman

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Poetry. "These doubts are like holding/ a hand over a burning candle/ to feel if it's hot.// As if it would be cold?// This is why it was said// a tugboat is needed--// to prove the existence of waves" ("Knowledge Blobs"). "Joanna Furman is a novelistic poet who believes in a complete realism. She is skeptical, but never cynical, and she is wise without being pedantic. She goes beyond the philosopher's advice; she thinks AND she looks and that is her radical human stance of thought and attention. She makes the humors and storms of the everyday as strange as the albatross. Her ricocheting lines go directly to the target. These fresh poems will be fresh for a long time"--David Shapiro.

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Joanna Fuhrman is the author of three previous poetry collections. Her poems have appeared in anthologies published by HarperCollins Publishers, Hanging Loose Press, NYU Press, Carnegie Mellon University Press, and Soft Skull Press. She teaches creative writing at Rutgers University and in public schools and libraries through Poets House and Teachers & Writers Collaborative. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, the playwright Robert Kerr.
Published January 1, 2003 by Hanging Loose Press. 72 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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While Fuhrman's debut, Freud in Brooklyn, won attention for its ingenuous comic voices, her sophomore effort represents a major advance: epigrams, short sequences, quasi-parodies and expertly managed strict forms send up the seriousness of a past generation while proffering a likable, intellectua...

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