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The Spell: A Romance

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The hero of this American gothic nightmare comedy is a messianic hillbilly prophet whose onetime local glory as a high school football star gives way to a career of outlaw questing. With the mysterious disappearance of his main squeeze -- an edgy, spooky honkytonk chanteuse -- that quest becomes increasingly deviant and deranged.The landscape through which the earnest, con ...more
Paperback, 250 pages
Published April 1st 2000 by Black Sparrow Press (first published January 1st 2000)
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Jun 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, poetry, fantasy
This story tacks irregularly between blank verse and poetic prose. The story is set in a slightly different universe, largely, but not completely failing to resemble the Great Lakes states, populated with quasi-magical creatures. Reading this was like reading Michael Shea's Polyphemus and Ramsey Campbell's The Parasite at the same time. You feel as if any second you will start to hallucinate, but it never quite happens. It started out enchanting, but as the story went on and on without going any ...more
Oct 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
One of the best written fairy tales I've ever had the pleasure of reading. The imagery is solid but has a fluidity that I found astounding. The characters are far from your typical fare and there's truth in each of them. The best way I can describe it is it's like a dream.
Oct 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I'm looking to add this to my Surrealism course in the spring. Thanks to Michael D. for the suggestion!
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Clark is an American poet, editor and biographer. Clark was educated at the University of Michigan and served as poetry editor of "The Paris Review" from 1963 to 1973 and published numerous volumes of poetry with Black Sparrow Press. His literary essays and reviews have appeared in "The New York Times," "Times Literary Supplement," and many other journals.
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