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The Nerve: Poems

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A haunting and powerful collection, The Nerve captures the strangeness and splendor of America in the twenty-first century. Glyn Maxwell's characters include FBI agents, the Californian "wild child" Genie, a man who holds his own funeral, and women writing love letters to men on Death Row. From college football games to television weather reports, from hayrides to hunting ...more
Paperback, 58 pages
Published March 16th 2004 by Mariner Books (first published 2002)
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“It had rolled
by then, that wagon. I could see its pale
brown halted speck from the highway, as if hell
were littleness, and they were being told.”

3.5 stars.
I would consider this one of the better collections of poetry I’ve recently come across: it’s also very short, so good for a difficult reading period. It contains heavy use of visual imagery, and good enough diction to suit being read aloud.
Nature and modern society are combined as subjects, and it focuses on the significance behind small deta
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Glyn Maxwell is a poet and playwright. He has also written novels, opera libretti, screenplay and criticism.

His nine volumes of poetry include The Breakage, Hide Now, and Pluto, all of which were shortlisted for either the Forward or T. S. Eliot Prizes, and The Nerve, which won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. He was one of the original ‘New Generation Poets’ in 1993, along with Simon Armitage,
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