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Self-Portrait with Expletives


Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Prize Series

80 pages / 6.00 x 9.00 inches / no illustrations


  Paperback / 9780807136454 / March 2010

"I swear Kevin Clark's Self-Portrait with Expletives is the book I've have been waiting to read--the book in which the past and present are not strangers, but lovers. Clark's ecstatic poems time-travel with alacrity on their quest for transformation and song. Intimate, hilarious, attentive, political, Self-Portrait with Expletives is a mature, commanding book by a poet confident in his craft. It's also a book with a wide and wonderful boyish grin." --Denise Duhamel

"From these pages flows a warm and breathy voice that sings up the Tuscan countryside but also traffics in the quiddities of hardscrabble Americana: beers drunk, cars wrecked, guns fired, songs sung, lovers kissed and missed. It's as though there's nothing this voice can't say; it's personal, provocative, and I want to hear it again and again." --David Kirby

Kevin Clark is also the author of In the Evening of No Warning. His poetry and criticism appear frequently in such journals as the Georgia Review, Antioch?Review, and Contemporary Literary Criticism. Clark teaches at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo and the Rainier Writing Workshop.

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