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Tropic of Squalor: Poems

A new volume of poetry from the New York Times bestselling and esteemed author of The Liars Club and Lit.Long before she earned accolades for her genre-defining memoirs, Mary Karr was winning poetry prizes. Now the beloved author returns with a collection of bracing poems as visceral and deeply felt and hilarious as her memoirs. In Tropic of Squalor, Karr dares to address the numinousthat mystery some of us hope towards in secret, or maybe dare to pray to. The "squalor" of meaninglessness that every thoughtful person wrestles with sits at the core of human suffering, and Karr renders it with powerillness, death, loves agonized disappointments. Her brazen verse calls us out of our psychic swamplands and into that hard-won awareness of the divine hiding in the small moments that make us human. In a single poem she can generate tears, horror, empathy, laughter, and peace. She never preaches. But whether youre an adamant atheist, a pilgrim, or skeptically curious, these poems will urge you to find an inner light in the most baffling hours of darkness....

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ISBN : 9780062699848
Format Type : ebook
Number of Pages : 96 pages
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Tropic of Squalor: Poems Reviews

  • L K Simonds

    What can I say? This is classic Mary Karr: No holds barred poems about life in the Tropic of Squalor, that is, under the curse. Ms. Karr's observations are poignant and almost always have a comic element, even if it's dark. The poems are full of familiar themes for those who've read her memoirs. I don't read a lot of poetry, and my taste runs toward poets like Frost and Yeats and Dickinson, but I keep trying, mostly unsuccessfully, to expand my horizons. My favorite poetry of Karr's are the lyri ...more

  • Maughn Gregory

    All spiritual writing should be this grungy, this clear-eyed, this smart.

  • Harry

    Must reads:

    1. The Age of Criticism (DFW/Franzen influences?)

    2. The Child Abuse Tour

    3. Obadiah: A Perfect Mess