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Poetry. SAGITTARIUS AGITPROP makes of the heart and family history the stuff of mythology and "agitated propaganda," filtered through a voice that is at once angry and tender, hilarious and asshole-ish. Like the left-wing "agitprop theatre" of 1920's and 30's Europe, these poems often intend to provoke via unfairness, smoke and mirrors, a desire for stepped-on love, and veiled jokes The poems within involve eunuchs and Stravinsky, fishermen and Picasso, infant daughters who speak with whales, dying fathers who fetishize coffee mugs with moose on them. Also involved, as equalizers of sorts, are a vulgar Prometheus, Marilyn Monroe, an astronomer rabbi, a bag of almonds, a dead grandfather reincarnated as a sheep, an aardvark with issues of body image, and a mythical zebra. Each, as the title indicates, gets its trial by heart, by fire, by cosmos, and by picket line.
Black Lawrence Press, 9781934703557, 80pp.
Publication Date: July 31, 2009
About the Author
Matthew Frank is the author of the chapbook, "Aardvark," (West Town Press). He received the 2005 Summer Fellowship from the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, a 2006 Artist's Grant from the Vermont Studio Center, and a 2008 Fellowship in Prose from the Illinois Arts Council.
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