The Tormented Mirror (Pitt Poetry Series) (Paperback)
University of Pittsburgh Press, 9780822957638, 96pp.
Publication Date: February 22, 2001
About the Author
Praise For The Tormented Mirror (Pitt Poetry Series)…
“With 10 previous collections to his credit, Edson is the godfather of the prose poem in America. His work sets a standard for prose poetry that few other practitioners can meet. Most of them don’t try, telling anecdotes and offering aesthetic and ethical musings in their prose poems instead of practicing the pure surrealism that is Edson’s forte. An Edson prose poem proceeds like a joke, beginning with an odd situation . . . developing with skewed logic, and concluding with some kind of surprise. But Edson’s jokes are dreamier than any stand-up comic’s, full of sexual and scatological twists and weird metamorphoses. They can elicit laughter, disgust, or both simultaneously, and they defy easy interpretation, for they lack overt symbolism. They are disturbing but often, especially in this book, as dazzling as a good Dali or De Chirico painting.”
—The Bloomsbury Review
“Edson’s poems, as always, are odd, mysterious and funny ... (The Tormented Mirror) should expand and deepen contemporary knowledge of the prose poem.”