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The Death of the Poem

A collection of poems by

"A consumer devours himself, a junk-food addict eats from garbage cans, a titmouse lives in a woman's bra: there is a demented literal-mindedness to these funny, fast-paced prose poems that turns the world inside out and reveals every smidgen of its goofy, delicious splendor."

--David Kirby

"The Death of the Poem is one of the most entertaining, witty, surprising books I've read in years. It's also, in the best possible way, very weird. Justin Courter's is a world where a consumer consumes himself, arms and all; a poet dresses in blue bubble wrap and wears small boats on his feet; and an old man sits at his desk writing Russell Edson's poems for him. 'I got an idea for reality,' Courter writes at one point. 'I'll call it television. It's a mirror with a box of brains in it.' But these poems aren't merely winkingly surreal, but are filled with anxiety, insight, and rage, pointing always toward very real human passions and difficulties."

--Kevin Prufer


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January 2008 : USA Paperback

Title: The Death of the Poem: And Other Paragraphs
Author(s): Justin Courter
ISBN: 1-59948-104-9 / 978-1-59948-104-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Main Street Rag
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