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Mister Martini (Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry #15)

Richard Carr


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Winner of the Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry, 2007.

Spare yet evocative, the poems in Mister Martini pair explorations of a father-son relationship with haiku-like martini recipes. The martini becomes a daring metaphor for this relationship as it moves from the son’s childhood to the father’s death. Each poem is a strong drink in its own right, and together they form a potent narrative of alienation and love between a father and son struggling to communicate.

University of North Texas Press, 9781574412420, 80pp.

Publication Date: February 19, 2008

About the Author

Richard Carr grew up in Blue Earth, Minnesota, and lives in Minneapolis. His careers have alternated between the computer industry and academia, and for several years he managed Fitzpatrick’s Tavern in Toledo, Ohio. His poems have been published in Painted Bride Quarterly, Poetry East, The Comstock Review, and The North Stone Review.