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Special Powers and Abilities

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"McDaniel's language trains every particle of your attention on the surface and what stirs beneath."—C.D. Wright

Inspired by the comic series The Legion of Super-Heroes, Raymond McDaniel's poems morph superheroes into religious and mythological narratives. Using a range of traditional forms—versets, kennings, and sonnets—his poems consider the history of how we look at the
Paperback, 100 pages
Published October 23rd 2012 by Coffee House Press
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John Pappas
Mar 29, 2013 John Pappas rated it liked it
McDaniel takes as his subject the past's yearning for the future and the future's nostalgia for the past in his new collection of poems based around the 1960's comic The Legion of Super-Heroes. Mining the past, and the past's vision of the future, to make sense of the present is nothing new, and using pop culture as a lens to do this has ben done many times before, but rarely do we see this kind of sustained conceit -- a book full of poems about a comic book series -- and sustained confidence. W ...more
Jan 14, 2013 Charlotte rated it it was amazing
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Amazing, but would we expect any less?
Sep 20, 2015 Aaron rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, but I'm afraid that it's not going to get the attention it deserves because it appeals to two such different audiences. Readers of poetry are not going to understand this book because it requires the reader to have an encyclopedic knowledge of the Legion of Super-Heroes, and Legion fans are not going to be aware of this book because it was marketed to readers of poetry.
Apr 13, 2013 Michael rated it liked it
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Maybe I need to have a better poetry foundation to enjoy this book, or maybe I'm just bitter because he ended the individual Legionnaire poems before getting to Tellus and Quislet, but I didn't think these poems were anything special. I am probably the biggest Legion nerd on this site, which I admit with only a tiny bit of embarrassment. The basis for all of these poems is known to me. They're very clever but I don't think they're special. I can't imagine how someone outside of fandom, and not a ...more
Feb 14, 2013 Joe rated it liked it
Super niche and you need way too much prior knowledge about the superheroes, but the structure is really innovative. Probably a little unfair for me to give it such a low-score when I'm not that into super heroes, but I'm just not that into super heroes. Even I can tell he's a strong writer, however.
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