Item description for The Rooster's Wife (American Poets Continuum) by Russell Edson...
For the past 40 years, Russell Edson has been producing a body of work unique in its perspective and singular in its approach. He is, arguably, America's most distinguished writer of prose poems. Here are contorted Darwinian narratives of apes and monkeys exhibiting absurdly human behavior, along with his usual menagerie of elephants, horses, chickens, roosters, dogs, mermaids and mice. Along with his trademark humor, The Rooster's Wife finds Edson contemplating age, mortality and immortality as well.
Of Memory and Distance
It's a scientific fact that anyone entering the distance will grow smaller as he proceeds. Eventually becoming so small he might only be found with a microscope, if indeed he is found at all. But there is a vanishing point, where anyone having entered the distance must disappear entirely without hope of his ever returning, leaving only the memory of his ever having been. But then there is fiction, so that one can never really be sure if one is remembering someone who vanished into the distance, or simply who had been made of paper and ink . . .
Russell Edson has been called a surrealist comic genius, a magician of metaphor and imagination. He is all of these, and a philosophical poet whose zany expeditions into the twisted labyrinths of logic resemble Lewis Carroll's adventures through the wonderlands of paradox and illusion. Perhaps that is why even people who do not read significant amounts of contemporary poetry can immediately appreciate the playful accessibility of Russell Edson's writing. What he pulls out of the hat of the subconscious is always unpredictable, immediate and surprising.
Russell Edson's books include The Very Thing That Happens (1964); The Childhood of an Equestrian (1973); The Tunnel: Selected Poems (1994); and The House of Sara Loo (Rain Taxi Chapbook Series, 2002). He lives in Darien, Connecticut.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.25" Width: 6" Height: 8.75" Weight: 0.3 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2005
Publisher BOA Editions Ltd.
ISBN 1929918631 ISBN13 9781929918638
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More About Russell Edson
Russell Edson is, arguably, the most distinguished American writer of prose poems. His books include, The Very Thing That Happens, (New Directions, 1964); The Childhood of an Equestrian, (Harper & Row, 1973); The Falling Sickness, 4 plays, (New Directions, 1975); The Intuitive Journey & Other Works, (Harper & Row, 1976);Tick Tock, (Coffee House Press, 1992); The House of Sara Loo, (Rain Taxi, 2002).
Russell Edson currently resides in the state of Connecticut.
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Loved it Jul 9, 2008
An excellent book, but not for those who don't like surrealism or abstractness. I loved it. Wise, and inimitable.
A decent book, but not his best. Dec 3, 2005
I have long been a fan of Russell Edson for his unique and thoroughly abstract prosetry, but this book is not his top work. Although the poems do hold true to his usual surreal writing style, many of the pieces seem forced, almost as though they were included to stretch the length of the book. Russell Edson is a wonderful poet and truly underappreciated artist, but this book is not up to snuff. If you are interested in getting to know some of his work, I would start with one of his other books (like "The Tormented Mirror") before you pick up "The Rooster's Wife".
A Neglected American Master's Dazzling New Book! Apr 15, 2005
If I could nominate a writer for the title of "Best Kept Secret in American Literature," my nominee would have to be Russell Edson. For more than forty years the reculsive prose poet has traveled on the margins of mainstream literature, establishing himself among a select group of readers as a master craftsman. His short phantasmagoric parables are at once sublime AND ridiculous, consistently entertaining, and boldly introspective. Edson uses the ordinary elements of daily life situations to launch us into a dimension of absurdist unreality that informs the reader as dreams inform the wakened dreamer. In this, his newest book, Edson proves no less powerful, no less cunning, no less brilliant. There are new relationships between familiar objects, new objects born of familiar relationships, and acres of fresh imaginative terrain to discover. But, be warned, you who enjoy the bald "meaningfulness" so popular in American pablum-poetics (thanks, Billy Collins), THE ROOSTER'S WIFE requires all your intelligence, your full attention, and your sense of humor. So, push aside your presumptions of poetic form and meaning, and wander the impossible landscape of America's Most Neglected Master. Read Russell Edson's THE ROOSTER'S WIFE.