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Title:
Catwalk and overpass : poems
Author:
Silk, Dennis, 1928-1998.
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Publication Information:
New York : Viking, [1990]

©1990
Physical Description:
xii, 100 pages ; 23 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780670827817
Format :
Book

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Central Library PR9510.9.S57 C3 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
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In his third collection, Silk's style is sparse, his manner evasive, his diction foreign and domestic simultaneously, and his chief subjects the current sociopolitical arena (especially the Middle East). With its last five words, one of the shortest poems in the volume, "What the Spies Said to Moses," reveals such characteristics succinctly, as well as the author's persistent wit and humor: "bad vibes / tribes / Palestine / Frankenstein." British born, currently living in Jerusalem, with a stint in the U.S., Silk stresses the tenuousness of the outsider--the observer, rarely the participant. "My spook-fist is the knocker at your door. I can't form more of me," he confesses in a seemingly personal poem that, nevertheless, speaks for and to us all--but especially to the Israelis and Palestinians, the rabbis and saints, the poets and soldiers who appear throughout the book. Silk engages, then challenges, the reader in a manner few other poets do. A collection worth many rereadings. --Jim Elledge


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