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Desert Fathers, Uranium Daughters

3.65  ·  Rating Details ·  26 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Award-winning poet Debora Greger grew up in Washington near the site of the Hanford atomic plant, which, unbeknownst to its workers, manufactured plutonium for the bomb dropped on Nagasaki. “The high school team was named the Bombers,” she writes. “The school ring had a mushroom cloud on it.” In Desert Fathers, Uranium Daughters she uses what The Nation has characterized a ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published November 1st 1996 by Penguin Books
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Sherry (sethurner)
Greger grew up in Washington near Hanford, a fact that informs the first few poems in this collection. I was interested because my grandmother lived there on a wheat ranch for a few years in her childhood. Greger's writing evokes the same place in the age of nuclear anxiety. Later poems explore the beauty of nature and feelings of mortality in a watery place, Venice. Interesting.
Dec 31, 2008 Kent rated it liked it
Greger seems to work with extremes in constructing the sections for her books. First Washington, then Imperial Rome. Is this effective? It could be. There are some nicely spliced moments in the last section. But, as with other Greger books, the moments are spoiled by the predictability of them. The connections at the end feel too much like obligation than coincidence.
Jul 28, 2015 Kim rated it it was amazing
Deborah Gregor has written a unique poetry book which speaks of her childhood, growing up in the desert, near the site of the atomic plant, which manufactured plutonium which was used in the bombing of Nagasaki.
Feb 19, 2009 SmarterLilac rated it really liked it
I love this stunning collection of poems in form about surviving childhood radiation exposure. Excellent work on a difficult subject.
Feb 24, 2016 Jim rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
Dust to dust, isotopes to isotopes...
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Debora Greger (b. 1949) is an American poet and visual artist.

Greger was raised in Richland, Washington. She attended the University of Washington and then the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Greger then went on to hold fellowships at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She was professor of English and creative writing at the Univer
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