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Laurel Speer: GRANT DRANK

PO Box 12220
Tucson AZ, 85732

20 pp., $2.00

This collection of Speer's prose-poems is loaded with allusions to famous people (Ulysses S. Grant, Flannery O'Conner, Zero Mostel, Mahler, Picasso, Apollinaire, Hitler...). I'm not sure I like being taken on a trip around some historically-induced Disneyland, but overall it works, because the author has created an aura of significance. There is pain: "...the grief of knowing he's sold me so cheaply is immense." There is paradox: "It was a laugh a minute/ it was bad." There is promise in these twenty poems, as Laurel Speer travels, explores historical incidents, with a clear voice, from within.--R.R. Lee Etzwiler

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This review originally appeared in TapRoot Reviews #3,
Copyright Burning Press 1993, 1995.

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