In a Beautiful Country

By Kevin Prufer
(Four Way Books, Paperback, 9781935536116, 120pp.)

Publication Date: March 2011

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Description
In a Beautiful Country examines America's suburbs and exurbs where The thrown newspaper fails / to reach the steps. Taking place beside hospital beds and amid outlet malls, within earshot of military bases and in the light of horror movies, these poems mourn the loss of parents, friends, and our sense of our nation. Turning to ballad-like rhythms, Prufer critiques romanticized visions of art while asserting its central role in citizenship and empire.



About the Author
Kevin Prufer is the author of several books of poems, including Fallen from a Chariot, National Anthem, In a Beautiful Country, and Churches. He's also co-edited New European Poets, Dark Horses: Essays on Overlooked Poems, and, for the Unsung Masters Series, DUNSTAN THOMPSON: ON THE LIFE AND WORK OF A LOST AMERICAN MASTER (2010). Most recently, he edited RUSSELL ATKINS: ON THE LIFE & WORK OF AN AMERICAN MASTER. He is a professor in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston.
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