Asylum

Asylum

by Quan Barry

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Overview

Winner of the 2000 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize
2002 finalist in poetry, Society of Midland Authors

Quan Barry’s stunning debut collection has been compared to Sylvia Plath’s Ariel for the startling complexity of craft and the original sophisticated vision behind it. In these poems beauty is just as likely to be discovered on a radioactive atoll as in the existential questions raised by The Matrix.

Asylum  is a work concerned with giving voice to the displaced—both real and fictional. In "some refrains Sam would have played had he been asked" the piano player from Casablanca  is fleshed out in ways the film didn’t allow. Steven Seagal, Yukio Mishima, Tituba of the Salem Witch Trials, and eighteenth-century black poet Phillis Wheatley also populate these poems.

Barry engages with the world—the Tuskegee syphilis experiments, the legacy of the Vietnam war—but also tackles the broad meditative question of the individual’s existence in relation to a higher truth, whether examining rituals or questioning, "Where is it written that we should want to be saved?" Ultimately, <I>Asylum</I> finds a haven by not looking away.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822979319
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 09/16/2001
Series: Pitt Poetry Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 88
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Quan Barry is the author of three poetry collections: Asylum, Controvertibles and Water Puppets.  She is professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she directs the MFA program in creative writing.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS
asylum
child of the enemy
The Glimmer Man
If dy/dx=4x3 + X2 - 12/ 2x2 - 9, then
intercellular aubade
intermurals
Job 42:4
kabuki
Kaiserschmarn
lullaby
lunar eclipse
maleficium
masochism
Meanwhile, Back in the Relative Safety of a Ticker Tape Parade, Buzz Aldrin has a Moment of Epiphany…
night soil man
oracle
plague
post-partum
reading
Snow White
some refrains Sam would have played had he been asked
studio audience
synopsis
tradition
triage
“'Twas mercy brought me from my Pagan land”
vigil
visitor
Whitsunday
Whitsunday
Whitsunday
Whitsunday
woman in love/Agatha, doubting
zeitgeist
epilogue
acknowledgments

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