World's tallest disaster : poems

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Louisville, Ky. : Sarabande Books, [2001].
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Cate Marvin uses language the way a gymnast uses her body; she is a formalist who has thoroughly learned the pleasures and gains of abandon. But it is her excursions into wild image and passionate song that win the reader's heart. The heart is central in World's Tallest Disaster, which is essentially a book of love poems—love lost and found, love requited, love abandoned and betrayed. What Cate Marvin has done in her remarkably assured and powerful first collection is to remind us in fresh terms of the news that stays news: that our desire is "Not a sea of longing,// but the brack of wanting what's physical/ to help us forget we are physical."

"Violently passionate and firmly symmetrical, like tango or the blues, these poems-at first-are about sexual passion. . . . But in the great tradition of love poetry, these poems don't stop with love. They move from eros to imagination. Or they thrash between the two. . . . This is an encouraging book in the context of American poetry's fashions or factions, because it evades categories. [Marvin's] is an urgent as well as an artful voice."—from the Foreword by Robert Pinsky

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Cate Marvin was born in Washington, D.C. She received her B.A. from Marlboro College in Vermont, and holds two M.F.A.s: one from the University of Houston in poetry, the other from the Iowa Writers' Workshop in fiction. She has been awarded scholarships to attend both Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers' Conferences. Her poems have appeared in such magazines as New England Review, The Antioch Review, The Paris Review, The Georgia Review, and Ploughshares, among others. She is lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in English at the university there.

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xiii, 75 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
9781889330617 (pbk.), 1889330604 (acid-free paper), 9781889330600 (acid-free paper), 1889330612 (pbk.)


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"Winner of the 2000 Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry."
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APA Citation (style guide)

Marvin, C., & Pinsky, R. (2001). World's tallest disaster: poems. Louisville, Ky.: Sarabande Books.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Marvin, Cate, 1969- and Robert. Pinsky. 2001. World's Tallest Disaster: Poems. Louisville, Ky.: Sarabande Books.

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Marvin, Cate, 1969- and Robert. Pinsky, World's Tallest Disaster: Poems. Louisville, Ky.: Sarabande Books, 2001.

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Marvin, Cate, and Robert Pinsky. World's Tallest Disaster: Poems. Louisville, Ky.: Sarabande Books, 2001. Print.

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