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American Anger: An Evidentiary

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American Anger applies psychological and philosophical anger theories to the choler of American life. These genre-bending poems speak to the demographics that engage the Occupy movement, recognizing anger as the primary condition of the American empire.
Paperback, 215 pages
Published February 16th 2016 by Etruscan Press (first published February 9th 2016)
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Alyson Hagy
Feb 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
H.L. Hix is brilliant and prolific and as thoughtful a poet as you will ever read. He's published a number of remarkably original books that press at the parameters of poetry while dazzling us with his considerable skills in the genre. (His collection Chromatic is one of the most beautiful books I've ever read.) American Anger is timely. And necessary. It is "an evidentiary" more than a collection of poems. It can be emotionally difficult to read because Hix interrogates anger so thoroughly, so ...more
Nathan
Feb 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Every American should read this collection of poetry laced with psychology in 2016. It is a mirror to so much in our national and personal character that is at once inscrutable and seemingly omnipresent. Read. It.
Kevin Spicer
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
These poems are in turns unsettling, scary, satisfying, and helpful. The writer dives deeply into the concept of anger, from the documented voices of the actually-very-pissed-off, to psychologist thinking about anger, to ancient Greek philosophers and epics commenting on it. As a result, these poems embody a fairly representative survey of the pleasure, power and pitfalls of anger on the human consciousness.

As a result of all of these perspectives the book seems somewhat chaotic and un-centered
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H. L. Hix has published an anthology, Wild and Whirling Words: A Poetic Conversation (2004), and eight books of poetry and literary criticism with Etruscan, including Shadows of Houses (2005), Chromatic (2006), God Bless: A Political/Poetic Discourse (2007), Legible Heavens (2008), Incident Light (2009), First Fire, Then Birds (2010), As Easy As Lying: Essays on Poetry (2002), and Lines of Inquiry ...more