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Pacific Shooter


Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Prize Series

64 pages / 6.00 x 9.00 inches / None


  Paperback / 9780807134481 / March 2009

"Pacific Shooter is a book of transformations as insubordinate and subversive as Ovid's Metamorphoses--and with all the taste and twang of a new language. The bourgeois reader will hate it: there's too much magic, too much genius, too much linguistic bliss." --Susan Mitchell, from her judge's citation "

Susan Parr's poetry is an orchestra of rim-shots and flashbang intimacy. 'Wind a sheet around all,' she croons in this vivid collection, 'then bring into the dark this beatific twill.' Her poems pop and vibrate on armatures of spiked sonics and an intellect that twirls with dazzling humor. Awash in verbal intimacies, Parr never forgets to mean, and in doing so she's turned up the potency--a needle of her verse has a laser's power. Pacific Shooter is the playful sweetness in our last breath, and in these pages, Parr will 'afford you / the machine: the logomotive yo-yo. Go man,' her poems clap. 'Go: yo, yo.'" --Alex Lemon

Susan Parr was born in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and educated at Barnard College and the University of Washington. Her poems have appeared in the Seattle Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, DIAGRAM, Cranky, Filter, and The Best American Poetry 2007.

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