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Great America

2.8  ·  Rating Details ·  5 Ratings  ·  2 Reviews
A book of poetry.
Paperback, 103 pages
Published July 1st 1993 by Harper Perennial
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Mike Jensen
Jan 12, 2012 Mike Jensen rated it did not like it
Is McManus even a poet? The answer is yes
and there are a few actual poems in this collection,

but not many. The actual poems are the best bits,
though I am not overwhelmed by them. One of his

tricks is to write little prose pieces, often rambling
and always unprofound, that the then chops into something

that look like verse on the page, and I am doing with
this review. I hope my doing so make the point

that layout alone does not make a poem, for this
is certainly not a poem. Walt Whitman was a trul
James Murphy
Mar 27, 2012 James Murphy rated it liked it
James McManus writes a vision of America projected with wit that sees true and language that defines as it rivets our attention. Here is the cultural cornucopia of America spilled on the page. The long poem of the title presents the people who make up America, brief snapshots of those tiny voices who are the ingredients of our temper. I admire the verbal bravado able to capture the edges of towns where chain link meets the tired countryside, able to see the empty light in a stripper's eyes, able ...more
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James "Jim" McManus is an American poker player, teacher and writer living in Kenilworth, Illinois.
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