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Outsiders : poems about rebels, exiles, and renegades
Bosselaar, Laure-Anne, 1943-
First edition.
Publication Information:
Minneapolis, MN : Milkweed Editions, 1999.
Physical Description:
xxiii, 323 pages ; 23 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Format :


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PS595.A4 O97 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
PS595.A4 O97 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Booklist Review

This is a more diverse anthology than its subtitle implies. The outsiders presented in its 200-odd poems are less often radicals rejecting society than victims of prejudice and persons who discover that they are, sometime and somehow, utterly alone, like Edison Dupree's security guard who thinks the mallard he watches would "dive for the pond's floor" and desert him if it "were not of a surface-/ feeding species." Introducing the book, African American poet Al Young speaks eloquently about being an outsider because of race or politics and furnishes the key to the collection when he states, "Every last one of us is someone else's Outsider." Just so, which means that there should be a poem here for every person. With such poems as Edward Hirsch's "Song" for everything that can't speak, Stephen Dunn's sad portrait of a superannuated guardian angel, and others about the homeless, the aged, the immigrant, the divorced, and so many other "made" outsiders in it, chances are that more than one poem will speak to each reader. (Reviewed March 15, 1999)1571314091Ray Olson