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Pacific Shooter

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  8 ratings  ·  3 reviews
"Pacific Shooter is a book of transformations as insubordinate and subversive as Ovid's Metamorphoses -- and with all the taste and twang of a new language. The bourgeois reader will hate it: there's too much magic, too much genius, too much linguistic bliss." -- Susan Mitchell, from her judge's citation

"Susan Parr's poetry is an orchestra of rim-shots and flashbang intima
Paperback, 56 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by Louisiana State University Press
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M. D.  Hudson
Here is another book of poems that whipped mine in a poetry contest – this one the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Series (I wasn’t even a finalist, so my bitterness is at somewhat more of a remove in this case than it was for my review of Jason Whitmarsh’s Tomorrow’s Living Room). As with all books deemed better than mine in a contest, I was fully prepared to hate Pacific Shooter, but despite my best efforts, I rather liked it. But I am not completely sure why, so I am going to take a few wild gue ...more
Apr 06, 2009 Amy rated it 5 of 5 stars
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I was in the MFA program at the UW with Susan Parr, so some might consider my 5-star review a little biased. And I suppose I am favorably biased towards Susan's work, in part because she’s such a dear, but mostly because she a jaw-droppingly amazing poet. I fell in love with her poems from the moment I first encountered them, and that feeling hasn't changed.

The poems in Pacific Shooter are lively, quick, and whipsmart. They're sexy, saucy, and tongue-in-cheek; but also thoughtful, with moments t
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