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Part of the Bargain

4.25 of 5 stars 4.25  ·  rating details  ·  16 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Part of the Bargain, winner of the Hayden Carruth Award and selected from nearly 1,000 entries, is both a cabinet of curiosities and a sweep of philosophical idylls. Hightower’s poems range in style and subject, with soliloquies, laments, eccentric ponderings, and contemplations of appetite and art.

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Paperback, 96 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by Copper Canyon Press
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Part of the Bargain covers much territory with an assured hand. The contrast of here and now with the past, family with the world, Texas with New York, is learned and mature. From coming of age to coming out to the adult acceptance and understanding of one's parents and childhood friends, this book showcases a wise and affectionate eye. I enjoyed the warm and smart appreciation of the mother in it, as well as the propensity for breaking description down into sequences of sound and meaning. I'm i ...more
This collection includes some lovely word alchemy, but the subjects of most of the poems aren't remotely engaging. A different reader might have a better experience.
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Part of the Bargain (Hayden Carruth Award for New and Emerging Poets) by Scott Hightower (2005)
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