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King of Pain (Paperback) (Christine Kanownik)

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Poetry. Christine Kanownik's debut book, KING OF PAIN, wrestles with heavy themes while maintaining a wry grace that carries us effortlessly into a kind of fatalistic enlightenment. Brave, lyrical, and wonderfully direct, KING OF PAIN is one of those books that leaves you feeling more real after reading it. Filled with crass human truths and deep emotional beauty, KING OF PAIN is a book of highly original work by one of the most exciting new poets of our generation. In her poem "The Flower is a Jerk" she meditates with Wordsworthian bravado on flowers; then writes "but this isn't about flowers / it is about our perverse relationship / with the one flower." In the long, luscious poem, "I Don't Know," the speaker tells us, wisely, "it is because of love we get this way / In this new era of unbelievable pain." Christine Kanownik's poems see the world- weary humanity in all things. She sees beauty in pain. And pain in beauty. And of those, she is king."KING OF PAIN is like Game of Thrones meets Ariel. It's like if the Earth elected a king and then Christine staged a revolution to usurp the throne. If she did, you wouldn't resent the act, but you would respect the power she wields: a bright force made of attention and sudden acts of kindness. Here is a real poet. Here is a life: "anyway / living / this long / it is a project."—Paul Legault
Number of Pages: 57
Genre: Poetry
Sub-Genre: American / General
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Small Pr Distribution
Author: Christine Kanownik
Language: English
Street Date: January 20, 2016
TCIN: 50901033
UPC: 9780991322121
Item Number (DPCI): 248-12-5259
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