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About the Size of It

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Tom Disch’s first collection of poems for ten years presents a dazzling variety show of inventive wit. His serious gift for humour permeates poems by turn lyric and narrative, satirical, rebellious, ribald, uncompromising and honest. Too idiosyncratic and various a poet to belong to any poetic grouping, he is simply, in the late Donald Davie’s phrase, consistently entertai ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by Carcanet Press Ltd. (first published 2006)
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Michael
Jan 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
I plan to do a review of this and Verses Light & Dark together. I really need to find a copy of "The Cardinal Detoxes" which is Disch's tour de force.

Disch's technique is rooted in traditional prosody, but his subject matter is wide ranging in content and emotion. He is our Jonathan Swift, scathing, satirical, merciless, but just as entangled in our world as we are.
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the sunset is the way God tries to say 'good bye'. I loved that particular line from the poem
What I can see from here. :P


I love sunsets.
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Poet and cynic, Thomas M. Disch brought to the sf of the New Wave a camp sensibility and a sardonicism that too much sf had lacked. His sf novels include Camp Concentration, with its colony of prisoners mutated into super-intelligence by the bacteria that will in due course kill them horribly, and On Wings of Song, in which many of the brightest and best have left their bodies for what may be genu ...more
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