The Devil's Tour



✹ [BOOKS] ✭ The Devil's Tour By Mary Karr ❃ – E17streets4all.co.uk Editorial Reviews Karr s Abacus collection encompasses traditional subjects and forms elegies for friends, homages to mentors, love poems, fantasies inspired by the arts Don Giovanni or an early Renai Editorial Reviews Karr s Abacus collection encompasses traditional subjects and forms elegies for friends, homages to mentors, love poems, fantasies inspired by the arts Don Giovanni or an early Renaissance etching , confessions, poems about children and friends and the passing of parents The technique is controlled, not ostentatious, and one senses here a conscious link to the work of older poets such as Larkin and Levertov Karr s strength lies in her delicate and meticulous control of detail Characteristically, she describes a cat s nighttime prowl with humor and precision he The Devil's Epub / pounced and rabbit kicked my head I had to disentangle from my hair all four sets of claws, then tossed him out into the pyramid of boxes we d erected in the yard Such loving attention to seemingly insignificant events is reminiscent of the early work of Adrienne Rich and the use of imagery is similarly evocative When the moon clicked over the sun like a black lens over a white eye Karr s work generally falls into clipped stanzas, the lines flowing over for an effect of ironic tension appropriate for much of the devilish material with which she is concerned While the poet s unflinching consciousness stands out in this text, the poetic voice is not completely developed Apr.The Devil's Tour

Mary Karr is an American poet, essayist and memoirist She rose to fame in with the publication of her bestselling memoir The Liars Club She is the Peck Professor of English Literature at Syracuse UniversityKarr was born January , , in Groves, a small town in East Texas located in the Port Arthur region, known for its oil refineries and chemical plants, to J P and Charlie Marie Moore Karr In her memoirs, Karr calls the town Leechfield Karr s father worked in an oil refinery while her mother was an The Devil's Epub / amateur artist and business owner The Liars Club, published in , was a New York Times bestseller for over a year, and was named one of the year s best books It delves vividly and often humorously into her deeply troubled childhood, most of which was spent in a gritty, industrial section of Southeast Texas in the s She was encouraged to write her personal history by her friend, author Tobias Wolff, but has said she only took up the project when her marriage fell apartShe followed the book with another memoir, Cherry , about her late adolescence and early womanhood A third memoir, Lit, which she says details my journey from blackbelt sinner and lifelong agnostic to unlikely Catholic, came out in November Karr thinks of herself first and foremost as a poet She was a Guggenheim Fellow in poetry in and has won Pushcart prizes for both her poetry and her essays Karr has published four volumes of poetry Abacus Wesleyan University Press, CT, , in its New Poets series , The Devil s Tour New Directions NY, , an original TPB , Viper Rum New Directions NY, , an original TPB , and her new volume Sinners Welcome HarperCollins, NY Her poems have appeared in major literary magazines such as Poetry, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic MonthlyShe is a controversial figure in the American poetry establishment, thanks to her Pushcart award winning essay, Against Decoration, which was originally published in the quarterly review Parnassus and later reprinted in Viper Rum In this essay Karr took a stand in favor of content over poetic style She argued emotions need to be directly expressed, and clarity should be a watch word characters are too obscure, the presented physical world is often foggy that is imprecise , references are showy both non germane and overused , metaphors over shadow expected meaning, and techniques of language polysyllables, archaic words, intricate syntax, yards of adjectives only slow a reader s understanding Karr directly criticized well known, well connected, and award winning poets such as James Merrill, Amy Clampitt, Vijay Seshadri, and Rosanna Warren daughter of Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Penn Warren Karr favors controlled elegance to create transcendent poetic meaning out of not quite ordinary moments, presenting James Merrill s Charles on Fire as a successful exampleWhile some ornamentations Karr rails against are due to shifting taste, she believes much is due to the revolt against formalism which substituted sheer ornamentation for the discipline of meter Karr notes Randall Jarrell said much the same thing, albeitdecorously, nearly fifty years ago Her essay is meant to provide the technical detail to Jarrell s argument As a result of this essay Karr earned a reputation for being both courageous and combative, a matured version of the BB gun toting little hellion limned in The Liars ClubAnother essay, Facing Altars Poetry and Prayer , was originally published in Poetry Karr tells of moving from agnostic alcoholic to baptized Catholic of the decidedly cafeteria kind, yet one who prays twice daily with loud fervor from her foxhole In this essay Karr argues that poetry and prayer arise from the same sources within us.

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    If you re looking for a CBR and CBZ reader disentangle from my hair all four sets of claws, then tossed him out into the pyramid of boxes we d erected in the yard Such loving attention to seemingly insignificant events is reminiscent of the early work of Adrienne Rich and the use of imagery is similarly evocative When the moon clicked over the sun like a black lens over a white eye Karr s work generally falls into clipped stanzas, the lines flowing over for an effect of ironic tension appropriate for much of the devilish material with which she is concerned While the poet s unflinching consciousness stands out in this text, the poetic voice is not completely developed Apr."/>
  • Paperback
  • 51 pages
  • The Devil's Tour
  • Mary Karr
  • English
  • 09 February 2019
  • 0811212319

10 thoughts on “The Devil's Tour

  1. says:

    My favorite poem in this collection was Average Torture But less and lessyou unlatch paradise.You learn to sleep through days, standinglike a beast, sleep while turning pagesor crying out from love You sleepand sleep One day you wake up dead.Strange hands raise you from your bed.The zipper s jagged teeth interlockbefore your shining eyes Small world.They are not all so grim as this, although I think each poem has a bleak kernel that makes them wearing to read, although I wouldn t say Karr My favorite poem in this collection was Average Torture But less and lessyou unlatch paradise.You learn to sleep through days, standinglike a beast, sleep while turning pagesor crying out from love You sleepand sleep One day you wake up dead.Strange hands raise you from your bed.The zipper s jagged teeth interlockbefore your shining eyes Small world.They are not all so grim as this, although I think each poem has a bleak kernel that makes them wearing to read, although I wouldn t say Karr is flamboyantly unhappy or self pitying I get the impression, rather, that she s grit her teeth against all this.I don t know much about her she belongs to a circle of contemporary writers with which I m not very connected or experienced

  2. says:

    In the past year, I ve read 3 volumes of Karr s poetry _Sinner s Welcome_, _Tropic of Squalor_, and _Viper s Rum_ Most people, I would guess, first encounter Karr through her memoirs, but I stumbled on her theological poems the series of poems she calls Descending Theology from a Google search These theological poems created in me such a powerful urge to worship that I bought all of her books of poems on the spot Honest question are there any other contemporary poets t In the past year, I ve read 3 volumes of Karr s poetry _Sinner s Welcome_, _Tropic of Squalor_, and _Viper s Rum_ Most people, I would guess, first encounter Karr through her memoirs, but I stumbled on her theological poems the series of poems she calls Descending Theology from a Google search These theological poems created in me such a powerful urge to worship that I bought all of her books of poems on the spot Honest question are there any other contemporary poets that write about religion like Mary Karr This one, _The Devil s Tour_, is perhaps slightly less good, IMO, from the others all of which I gave 5 s , but is still nonetheless stellar Some favorites Coleman a heartbreaking poem about an interracial love story and southern lynchingyou made the papers as a hunting accidentLunch a love poemIn the hours since breakfast I traveled the world s obstacle course to reach you rode my splot in traffic, scaled countless hills of paper as voices wormed through phone cords to my ear where I kept your moist words from the night before boxed all morningAverage Torture a recognition of the torture of the everydaythe multiple string of insignificance that s become your lifeSmall But Urgent Request To the Unknowable a poem about small, miraculous goodnessbereaved widows to offer you coffee then the guestbook, and parched sailors adrift to share the day s thimble of water, and mothers to lift the most bent and broken children with joy and glad for the work of itAccusing Message from Dead Father the speaker recalls her guilt at placing her aged father in a nursing home She dreams he calls to offer her forgiveness she wakes to see her answering machine mysteriously blinking Her One Bad Eye speaker s mother gets an eye transplantFinally, an old man died His eyeballs where whisked crosstown in a jar of milk, to Mass Eye, then we arrived After the gauze was off, she had a new blue eye with a nick in it, like a fault in iceCroup and Parents Taking Shape I m grateful to have started 2019 with this volume I imagine I ll probably also get around to reading her memoirs this year, too

  3. says:

    Wow Just Wow How a poetry book can, and should, grab you Mary Karr yanks you in with the perfect words to create the perfect vision that sticks like glue Her poems drip with emotional energy and sensuality Each one of these poems left me feeling like I d just discovered a new way to feel Fantastic.

  4. says:

    I m working my way backward through Karr s published collections I began with Sinners Welcome 2006 , then picked up Viper Rum 1998 , and now I ve read The Devil s Tour, which was published in 1993 That leaves just 1987 s Abacus I suppose this officially makes Karr my favorite living poet.

  5. says:

    A slim volume of what the author herself refers to as humanist poems or as the blurb describes them written for everyday readers rather than an exclusive audience poems that do not require an academic explication in order to be understood Simple seeming poems of life, death, a sick child, a lunch meeting, an affair I thought these were really, really lovely Beautifully written.

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    from Don Giovanni s ConfessorThe Don withheld nothing, so at firstthe old priest feared for his virtue,which had never been testedby the powdered flanks of a duchess,but hearing the litanized names,the priest soon learned what all whoresknow it was never a pleasure That ceased right away Even the tendereststalk of flesh grows calloused with work.

  7. says:

    I can t rate a book of poetry I don t think it s fair It s like giving hundreds of pieces of art in a museum one single rating I did enjoy most of these, though You ought to read it if you get a chance.

  8. says:

    Poems about old boyfriends and literary crushes, loves, estrangements, and deaths, her family her parents in their declining old age, elegies for her father, the joy of her child, the emptiness of divorce, and how the residents of the aquarium see us fill this insightful little volume.

  9. says:

    Wonderful collection of poems, my favorite being, Worm Farming, that thankless trade no one writes home about

  10. says:

    Mary Karr s poetry is a lot like her memoir beautifully written and often shocking But, my favorite poem in this book is Lunch, which is an island of something so calm and sweet and easy in sharp contrast to so much of the gritty reality elsewhere in the book.

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