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Last Chance for the Tarzan Holler

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The latest volume of this important and highly original poet's work is a three-part journey into the pathology of human emotions. In a cascade of language -- ordinary speech, preaching, song, banter, erudition -- all that is good spirals into regions of horror and grotesque inconsistency with consequences as contemporary as headlines and as eternal as myth. Intense and bri ...more
Paperback, 117 pages
Published November 1st 1999 by Persea Books (first published 1998)
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Keith
Dec 03, 2007 rated it really liked it
Poetry is cool, because it's a bunch of words that mean stuff without telling some dumb story about made up people or weighing you down with a lot of real-life facts you're going to forget right away. Read more poems.
Dana
Feb 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Life-changing.
Chris Moser
Apr 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An absolute masterpiece. Moss deserves recognition among the absolute greatest poets of the English language.
Donna
May 31, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-poetry
If I could have given this book a half star, I would have. It simply was not my cup-of-tea. My personal poetic aesthetics disagree with virtually everything in this book. I don't generally like long-lined poems, long poems, inaccessible poems, or poems that require an encyclopedia or dictionary to read. Moss' book was torture to read. Crammed with facts, some poorly researched, many unnecessary, it was almost as if the author was attempting to "prove something" about how smart/knowledgeable she ...more
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Sep 13, 2011 rated it liked it
In one of my favorite movies, a character chides the protagonist for writing a book-length poem. She tells the protagonist, "A poem's supposed to be a small, delicate kinda thing." That line has always stuck out to me. If that is your type of thinking, Thylias Moss must be anathema to you.

Moss tends to write poems that are big, impossibly literate, confrontational, and often ugly. I actually shudder at her usage of the scatological. Someone described her to me as "she really makes you think." Im
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Sean
Jun 20, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
One of the best poets writing in English.
rachel
Sep 23, 2007 rated it it was amazing
if only there were more thylias mosses in the world.
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Thylias Moss is a multiracial maker, an award-winning poet, recipient of a MacArthur "Genius" grant, and twice nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award in poetry.