Stroke

StrokeSidney Wade

Persea Books, 2008
ISBN: 0892553375

Political outrage rustles the high grasses of these ingenious, boisterous poems, alternately set in the lush ecologies of the Florida panhandle and the Aegean coast. Wade’s poems are keen social and political commentaries of the pastoral, of light verse, and, to great effect, of allegory. Throughout Stroke, Wade displays a fascination for language as a living growing thing with an unprecedented capacity for mischief and coercion. This collection represents an increasingly rare accomplishment: a poetry that is at once high-spirited and deadly serious.

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