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Complaint in the Garden (Kenyon Review Prize in Poetry Series)

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From poolside to seaside, barroom to classroom, sex club to colonial Florida, Randall Mann's curiosity endeavors to discover, often ironically, the beauty of things in the world around him. These meditations--harsh, honest, explicit (though never vulgar), dark, and astute--reflect a sentiment for the urbane and the primitive in nature, history, love, and humankind. Mann From poolside to seaside, barroom to classroom, sex club to colonial Florida, Randall Mann's curiosity endeavors to discover, often ironically, the beauty of things in the world around him. These meditations--harsh, honest, explicit (though never vulgar), dark, and astute--reflect a sentiment for the urbane and the primitive in nature, history, love, and humankind. Mann invites readers into lush landscapes, sundry histories, and a contemporary gay San Francisco populated by those things and people loved and lost.


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From poolside to seaside, barroom to classroom, sex club to colonial Florida, Randall Mann's curiosity endeavors to discover, often ironically, the beauty of things in the world around him. These meditations--harsh, honest, explicit (though never vulgar), dark, and astute--reflect a sentiment for the urbane and the primitive in nature, history, love, and humankind. Mann From poolside to seaside, barroom to classroom, sex club to colonial Florida, Randall Mann's curiosity endeavors to discover, often ironically, the beauty of things in the world around him. These meditations--harsh, honest, explicit (though never vulgar), dark, and astute--reflect a sentiment for the urbane and the primitive in nature, history, love, and humankind. Mann invites readers into lush landscapes, sundry histories, and a contemporary gay San Francisco populated by those things and people loved and lost.

30 review for Complaint in the Garden (Kenyon Review Prize in Poetry Series)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Murphy

    Pastoral, formal, and wildly contemporary all at the same time. I especially appreciate the allusion, and in particular the Baudelaire poem. Some of my favorite moments: This queen is ruining my favorite song. A pond the color of oriental teas. The wind instructs the rain to soak chapeaus. Despite wet grass, I saw a farmer heal his field with fire. Outside, the rain like luck licked our filthy windows clean. Pastoral, formal, and wildly contemporary all at the same time. I especially appreciate the allusion, and in particular the Baudelaire poem. Some of my favorite moments: “This queen is ruining my favorite song.” “A pond the color of oriental teas.” “The wind instructs the rain to soak chapeaus.” “Despite wet grass, I saw a farmer heal his field with fire.” “Outside, the rain like luck licked our filthy windows clean.”

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    Elegant, sophisticated, but frequently with less going on than I could hope. Mann leans forward on a long stem; there are a few surprise lilies, and a few duds. The linguistic awareness never upsets the syntactical angels; they're all setting the table at which we never finally feast. Donald Justice-gentility and Thom Gunn-candor are the twin toasts, but never Yvor Winters-animism. One can admire the achievement and still wish the talk was brighter.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Brent Calderwood

    Lovely, lilting poems, especially recommended for lovers of New Formalism. Some of Mann's nonce forms in particular, one using anagram pairs as endwords, are just splendid.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jenni

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    Sarah Barber

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    Madeleine

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    Ron Mohring

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    Larry Kaplun

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    Rambling Reader

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    Stephen Mills

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    Jesse

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    Andy Quan

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    Matt Dean

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    P.C.

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    Katie

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    Carrie

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    Amy

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    Christopher

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    G O Kolombatovich

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    Matthew Siegel

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    Stephen

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    Matthew Hittinger

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    Charlotte Mertens

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    James

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    Charles

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    BW Diederich

  30. 4 out of 5

    Brian Leung

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