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The Improbable Swervings of Atoms

The Improbable Swervings of Atoms

Christopher Bursk
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    The Improbable Swervings of Atoms
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    Winner of the 2004 Donald Hall Prize in Poetry

    The Improbable Swervings of Atomsfollows the comedic, often painful, physical and emotional travails of a young boy growing up in 1950s America. He watches the McCarthy hearings, conquers the Congo, assassinates the president, has his head stuffed into a toilet, drops his uniform on the fifty-yard line, and tries to make sense of Lucretius's De Rerum Natura.

    The poems engage history in a very intimate way, revealing how a boy, as he matures, attempts to understand the world around him, his own physical development, the people in his life, and what it means to live in a country and time where it is impossible to disengage oneself from world events-where, in fact, the quest for identity is an act that requires one to rewrite history in personal terms.

    eISBN: 978-0-8229-9074-1
    Subjects: Language & Literature

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