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by Stephen Cushman




Stephen Cushman's Riffraff embodies the spirit of its title, a Middle English word for "every particle" or "things of small value." In this striking collection, scraps of the overlooked, and distasteful -- a prostitute passed in the street, the speaker's own forgotten dreams, toothless dogs rolling in deer offal -- become occasions to meditate on the rich experiences from which we too often turn away.The poems reflect on the possibilities of language, the natural world, politics, history, eros, aging, family, and spiritual devotion. Without pretension, Cushman values "adepts who can dwell in the kiosk of a kiss." Skillfully, he transmutes his own curiosity and surprise into moments of shared instruction. "Keep low," he whispers. "Stay put. / Learn from the leaves."Riffraff culls what we have discarded, saves from abandonment the notions we have taken for granted, and, indeed, venerates every particle.

Download Riffraff: Poems (LSU Press Paperback Original) epub
ISBN: 080713760X
ISBN13: 978-0807137604
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Poetry
Author: Stephen Cushman
Language: English
Publisher: LSU Press; 1 edition (February 16, 2011)
Pages: 80 pages
ePUB size: 1796 kb
FB2 size: 1337 kb
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 144
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