Item description for The Elephant's Child: New & Selected Poems 1978-2005 by Steve Orlen...
The Elephant's Child: New and Selected Poems 19782005 offers a generous retrospective from a poet whose passionate, straight-talking poems have been delighting readers for forty years. Orlen writes about what it means to be male in our time and culture, and does so with disarming charm, honesty, directness, and humor. Like the elephant's child in the Kipling tale, he has an insatiable curiosity about everything: love and sex foremost, but also about the ways in which we understand or misunderstand one another, how we perceive race, class, and gender, how memory works, and how we struggle to make sense of our often overwhelming and confusing world.
This is a voice we instinctively trust because of its powerful and easy intimacy and its willingness to spill male secrets. The laughter his poems provoke comes from recognition of our common humanity, our passions, and blind spots.
What comes through most powerfully is a profound tenderness and curiosity, a combination that results in heartbreaking, disturbing, and memorable poems. The Elephant's Child will prove Orlen to be a poet necessary to our understanding of ourselves and our culture.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.8" Width: 5.8" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2006
Publisher Ausable Press
ISBN 1931337284 ISBN13 9781931337281
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More About Steve Orlen
Orlen was born and raised on Hillside Avenue in Holyoke, Massachusetts. He teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Arizona in Tucson, and in the low-residency MFA Program at Warren Wilson College.
Steve Orlen currently resides in Tucson, in the state of Arizona. Steve Orlen was born in 1942.
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The free-verse flows with a nonchalant eye for detail Feb 3, 2007
The sixth collection by award-winning poet Steve Orlen, The Elephant's Child: Selected Poems 1978-2005 gathers nearly forty pages of new poems along with carefully chosen favorites from each of the author's five previous collections, bound by a common theme of reminiscence and tales from life experience. The free-verse flows with a nonchalant eye for detail, deftly capturing human lives, settings, and struggles in the flash of an instant. "The City of Poets: 1966": The young poet didn't have a nickel to his name, but when / He sat down for supper in the communal kitchen / With a pizza ordered from outside and Help, / The latest Beatles album, and a coil of rope in a sack, / No one thought to ask him, What's your plan?