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Since 1993, Grove Press has been both a hardcover and paperback imprint of Grove Atlantic publishing fiction, drama, poetry, literature in translation, and general nonfiction. Authors and titles include Jon Lee Anderson’s Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life, Robert Olen Butler’s A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain (Pulitzer Prize for Literature 1993), Kiran Desai’s Inheritance of Loss (Man Booker Prize 2006), Richard Flanagan’s Gould’s Book of Fish (Commonwealth Prize 2002), Ismail Kadare’s The Siege, Jerzy Kosinski’s Steps (National Book Award 1969), Jacqueline Susann’s Valley of the Dolls, Nick McDonell’s Twelve, Catherine Millet’s The Sexual Life of Catherine M., Pascal Mercier’s Night Train to Lisbon, Kay Ryan (Poet Laureate of the United States 2008/9) as well as Antonio Lobo Antunes, Will Self, Barry Hannah, Terry Southern, and many others.

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Barry Hannah Long, Last, Happy
Long, Last, Happy

“Barry Hannah is the best fiction writer to appear in the South since Flannery O’Connor.”
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“In a time terrible for poetry, when poets refuse the old sybelline role of Explainer and stick only to what lies frozen on the retinas, Irving Feldman’s stanzas open out into pure interesting-ness: they first enchant, then conjure, then conjecture, then figure out, then interpret. Splashes of beauty, yes—but also a fountain of shameless knowing and inspired telling.” —Cynthia Ozick
Beautiful False Things
By Irving Feldman
Grove Press
978-0-8021-3657-2 • $13.00 • Paperback • Mar. 2000
Poetry
This tenth collection of Irving Feldman’s poems extends what readers and critics have long recognized to be a body of work singular in its lyric, visionary, even prophetic intensity; its extravagant wit; its powerful storytelling; its variety of voices and range of feeling—playful, tender, ardent, biting, enthralled. Here, among the major poems of Beautiful False Things: the stand-up comic Larry Sunrise of “Funny Bones” duels with death in Florida; in “Oedipus Host,” Oedipus arrives from his millennia-long trek to host a TV talk show; and the plucky, feminist heroine of “Heavenly Muse” visits yet another barely worthy male poet. In the tragicomic title poem, “translation” comes to stand for the dilemmas of expression in a culture that sucks up language and spews it back.

“Voluptas”

Strange to be remembering how

—was it twenty-odd years ago?—

you drew back from one of our kisses,

your head turning half away so that

I saw in our bedroom’s half light

your lovely profile and eye staring

out toward and into a passing thought.

Then all of half your mouth to mine again

with overwhelmed gentleness.

We both were overwhelmed and pulled under.

Strange suddenly to remember this

after so many, many kisses,

after such years of rupturing.

Caught in our archaic caresses

(you know, that same old, old thing):

a space of five seconds of fresh time,

when nothing was happening

and nothing was happening yet.

And I now its voluptuary.

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