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In this debut collection, Marc Tretin explores how family is the loneliest place of all. Because of his gut-deep feelings of impotence and his permanent sense of dislocation, his lyrical poems delve into those moments we would prefer not to think about. Uncomfortable with his wife and children, and believing in a punitive God, his feelings well from broken hearted to an in ...more
Published November 1st 2016 by NYQ Books
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Marc Tretin makes a remarkable debut with these fierce, unbuttoned, harrowing poems of family court—Tretin’s background is in law—and familial relations. Whether the poems in Pink Mattress are in the voice of husband, wife, parent, or child, Tretin turns and stretches his lines to show the family distorted or re-shaped, wrecked or reunited. Wildly imaginative, uncomfortably direct, sometimes baldly funny, the situations in these poems are not for the fainthearted. But they are very much for thos ...more
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