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Duties of an English Foreign Secretary

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Winner of the 2009 Fence Modern Poets Series selected by Martin Corless-Smith. When do "hermit" and "maudit" not rhyme? When you're a fellow traveler in Macgregor Card's global community of canny songsters. These poems are inexhaustibly sophisticated, a songbook of meditations on hospitality, fidelity, friendship, regret and the lyric. Here the song drives the engine and f ...more
Paperback, 107 pages
Published November 1st 2009 by Fence Books
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One of my favorite poems in Card’s Duties of an English Foreign Secretary is “Contempt,” a cento made up of famous last words. There’s something inherently stagy about dying lines; the speaker and the listener (what good are last lines without an audience?) share an awareness of the ‘big finish’ waiting in the wings that charges whatever’s said with disproportionate drama. Funny, grand, absurd, or banal, any phrase in that context takes on the weight of an address to the footlights, and Card’s c ...more
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