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American Flamingo

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Taking its title from an Audubon painting, American Flamingo shares with the artist an exquisite attention to detail and the suggestion of a larger sense of time and place through depictions of the intimate interactions between creatures and their habitats. In his fifth collection of poetry, Greg Pape melds memorable images from the natural world with the drama of ordinary ...more
Paperback, 104 pages
Published March 7th 2005 by Southern Illinois University Press (first published 2005)
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Oct 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: All poetry lovers
American Flamingo by Greg Pape, SIU Press

In American Flamingo Greg Pape pays a fitting homage to Gary Snyder, there is a poem that evokes Snyder’s famous ‘Riprap’ and there is a style that reflects the simplicity and power of Snyder. The book is sure to be judged by its cover, as it is impossible to ignore the image of a young Pape in the arms of his mother and not consider the collection as something of a personal memoir. In fact the book reads as if you are sitting next to the speaker while he
Kelsey Fitzpatrick
Feb 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
American Flamingo combines the mysterious metaphor of nature and vague emotional language. It was quite difficult to depict what emotion Pape was trying to portray throughout the book. His metaphoric demeanor allows readers of all shapes and sizes to connect with his poetry. Majestically, he ties several elements of nature into his poems. Writing about anything from a creek he once visited to a comparative piece about Audubon and a racetrack. Although he is a man of few words he eloquently descr ...more
Bryan Brunati
Feb 20, 2011 rated it liked it
While not my favorite collection of poems that I have read, "American Flamingo" by Greg Pape certainly has it's moments. Nature and the unnoticed side of earth is given notice as Pape paints beautiful pictures with his words about the images he sees in the world. Like a piece of art, he allows the reader to step back and enjoy the images that we sometimes take for granted. While some poems seem boring, Pape makes up for it with poems that ignite the mind.
Apr 08, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Cynical Americans that need a dose of reality with a dash of magic.
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I am too broke right now so I got this from the school library. I'm 99% sure it is the next book I'll buy - and I don't typically go out and buy books I've read on borrowed time. (Just records.)
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