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Prairie Fever

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  81 ratings  ·  7 reviews
"Mary Biddinger is a beguiling shape-shifter, one who suffuses her writing with electricity and alacrity of language. I marvel at the elegant architecture and scope of each poem. The veritable menagerie of animals that visit these pages simply enchants: zebras, rhinos, marabou, goldfish, bears, and banana spiders. These poems bite and scare, ravish and delight. Prairie Fev ...more
Published February 21st 2007 by Steel Toe Books (first published February 1st 2007)
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Mary Biddinger's poems are like small movies of plays Tennessee Williams never wrote because he wasn't a woman, but would have if he had been. The depth of characterization, the vivid settings and original language create a spell not easily shaken off. Rueful wisdom shines through many of these mini-memoir poems. A terrific read.
Carol McCarthy
Sep 22, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetrymust-haves
The voices haunt and enchant.
Thomas Baughman
Apr 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
One of the best first collections I've read. Biddinger is a poet to watch. She will have a great career.
Elizabeth J.
One of the best books of poetry I've read this year. I know these places. This poet is a force to be reckoned with.
May 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Hot damn! this is some seriously good poetry. Rich, passionate, raw. It makes me want to write again.
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Mar 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
While my focus went immediately to the prairie part of the title, it would have been better placed in the fever, for that is what this collection is...feverish. I read the poems in one long torrent of words and was nearly exhausted when I finished. These poems are tightly wound in both language and meaning. One gets the feeling that the speaker of each poem has been waiting a long time to say whatever has been kept still and silent for too long.

Woven of both first- and second-person points of vi
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In Prairie Fever you will encounter bar fights, lick whiskey from flasks, glimpse zebras and dead girls. Biddinger tells gritty, surreal stories of the rural Midwest. Somewhat of a formalist, she makes expert use of short lines, tight couplets, and Ghazals while letting loose in the occasional prose poem. As always, a thrilling read.
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Mary Biddinger is the author of six full-length poetry collections, including Small Enterprise, The Czar, and Partial Genius, her first book of prose poems (Black Lawrence Press, August 2019). She teaches literature and creative writing at The University of Akron and NEOMFA program, and edits the Akron Series in Poetry for The University of Akron Press. Poems have recently appeared in Court Green, ...more

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