Florida Poems

Florida Poems #2019

Florida Poems Part fable part diatribe part elegy part love song this extraordinary fifth collection by Campbell McGrath makes poetry of the most unlikely of materials his home state of Florida While at times p
  • Title: Florida Poems
  • Author: Campbell McGrath
  • ISBN: 9780060527365
  • Page: 470
  • Format: Paperback
  • Part fable, part diatribe, part elegy, part love song, this extraordinary fifth collection by Campbell McGrath makes poetry of the most unlikely of materials his home state of Florida While at times poignantly personal, McGrath also returns for the first time to the characteristically comic and visionary public voice displayed in the renowned Bob Hope Poem Moving efPart fable, part diatribe, part elegy, part love song, this extraordinary fifth collection by Campbell McGrath makes poetry of the most unlikely of materials his home state of Florida While at times poignantly personal, McGrath also returns for the first time to the characteristically comic and visionary public voice displayed in the renowned Bob Hope Poem Moving effortlessly from prehistory to the space age, he catalogues Florida s natural wonders and historical figureheads, from Ponce de Le n to Walt Disney, William Bartram to Chuck E Cheese the bewhiskered Mephistopheles of ring toss, the diabolical vampire of our transcendent ideals In the brilliant sociohistorical monologue of The Florida Poem, McGrath employs the Fountain of Youth as a mythic symbol for both the tragic consequences of a society built on greed and cultural erasure and the diverse human potential, which must become the fountain for any communal future we might dare imagine Place bound and tightly focused, Campbell McGrath s message is nonetheless universal, as his penetrating vision of Florida is also a vision of America its history and hopes, failings and fulfillments, and the eternal force that transcends it all.
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    I m not big on poetry Seamus Heaney and The Spoon River Anthology and Poe s The Raven are about all I like But I m glad to add this book to my shelf McGrath winner of one of the MacArthur genius grants has penned a collection here that ranges from fanciful to furious, with several stops for laugh lines For instance, at one point he describes Chuck E Cheese as the bewhiskered Mephistopheles of ring toss, the diabolical vampire of our transcendent ideals He also says Orlando has the character of a [...]

    mcgrath tried way too hard to be complicated does that make any sense some of it literally felt like word vomit, which, fine, if that s what he was going for there s a lack of authenticity in this collection and this was not for me i had expectations for it but i am disappointed i almost DNF ed it because it was just unbearable at points i did enjoy some of the cheekier and straightforward poems, though.

    McGrath would probably be amused that I bought this years ago from a remainder book store at the St Augustine Outlet Mall I read this collection a second time this week and again enjoyed it There is a lush sweep of irony, beauty and humor here, all characteristic of Florida, a curious state if there ever was one McGrath teaches poetry in Miami and considers Florida his home state Like most Floridans today, he is actually from elsewhere Sadly, many Florida snowbirds have moved here to Atlanta The [...]

    I believe this is the 3rd collection of McGrath poetry that I have read While I did not enjoy this collection as much as his others, I love the subject of this book I am a Floridian and I love this weird and often newsworthy wackiness that makes up this state Some of my favorites from this book were The Orange on p 32 33 Because This Is Florida on p 35Seashells, Manasota Key on p 54 55Florida on p 74 75And of course The Florida Poem starting on p 79

    Some good moments in the beginning of the first section where McGrath tells the fable of a Florida like city in the clouds The second section contains traditional Florida themed poems I especially liked The Orange, Mile Marker 73, and The Manatee Overall, nothing terribly fabulous, nothing incredibly offensive.

    Not McGrath s best book it s ambitious, original including a sci fi like allegorical sequence of poems about a city in the clouds to open the book, and a long poem chronicling the history of Florida at the end , but also erratic Funny and irreverent, McGrath is a fine poet with a deeply original vision and voice.

    There s some fantastic stuff in here Read The Manatee for a powerful jab I really appreciate a lot of the images, while others left me a little dissatisfied Overall, I love the book I had the privilege of meeting Campbell McGrath before he gave a reading and he s a very funny, nice guy.

    Lovely, cruel, hilarious, mysterious visions of Florida past present future contained herein This collection will resonate with me for sometime The last, long poem must be read out loud well, all of the poems deserve a sounding out, even if it s just you and the dog.

    I was prepared to dislike this book as I m not a huge McGrath fan but these poems take on a regional and accessible tact than his other hipness.

    McGrath s poetry is eloquent description and fervent hope mercilessly coupled with bitter, wry anticapitalist rage.

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