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Common Carnage By Stephen Dobyns

Common Carnage by Stephen Dobyns

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Common Carnage by Stephen Dobyns

'The bird on the branch was singing of gladness,/ disrupting my dreams with its dreadful screech./ Rushing outside I knocked it from its perch/ with one blow of the garden rake...' Taking a somewhat different tack from Keats in Ode to a Nightingale, Stephen Dobyns addresses the conundrum 'How hard to love the world; we must love the world '. The spiritual intermixed with the bawdy, the courageous with the cowardly, the kindly with the cruel - Common Carnage rejects the decorous and decorative to map the complexity, the common carnage of our lives, as it seeks to understand our nature. Stephen Dobyns is a spinner of dark, extravagant fables of a world we live or may live in. They present a view of what it means to be human which is at once both funny and bleak, compassionate and remorseless. His is a world haunted by regret, driven by desire and need, illuminated by daring make-believe. In his often frightening and sometimes strangely funny poems, Dobyns creates a remarkable bridge between pure entertainment and deep psychological insight.

Common Carnage Reviews

Arrestingly crisp tales told from a middle distance between fantasy and allegory... the forms of loss that pervade so many lives are the submerged subject of these powerfully realised poems...The invitation is to see the fantastic as routine, as one does in Kafka. * New York Times. *

About Stephen Dobyns

Stephen Dobyns has published ten prior books of poetry and twenty novels, including ten mystery novels set in Saratoga Springs. His poetry is published in Britain by Bloodaxe: Cemetery Nights (1991), Velocities: New & Selected Poems (1996), Common Carnage (1997) and Pallbearers Envying the One Who Rides (2000). His collection of essays on poetry, Best Words, Best Order, appeared in 1996. His first book of poems, Concurring Beasts, was the Lamont Poetry Selection for 1972 of the Academy of American Poets. Black Dog, Red Dog was a winner in the National Poetry Series. Cemetery Nights won the Poetry Society of America's Melville Cane Award in 1987. Dobyns has received a Guggenheim and three fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts. His most recent book of fiction is a collection of stories, Eating Naked (2000). Dobyns lives with his family near Boston. He teaches in the MFA program at Sarah Lawrence College.

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Common Carnage by Stephen Dobyns
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Bloodaxe Books Ltd
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