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10 Mississippi

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Playful but ominous, 10 Mississippi reads like a game of hide-and-seek set in America’s rising floodwaters of text and technology.

Fluid, lively, and referential, 10 Mississippi samples language from many cultural tributaries, performing sequels of celebrated twentieth-century poems, darkly riffing on advertising slogans, tongue twisters, formulaic news reports, and everyon
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Paperback, 108 pages
Published August 17th 2010 by Coffee House Press
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"There is a family of ice cubes melting
in a tumbler, and you can hear
what those little frozen oceans
say while losing their shape.
You can hear the sun killing them."

Semi-surreal, rich in associations, with perspectives which zoom in and out delightfully without warning. Healey's poems take in the whole scene, both visible and invisible, real and imagined. They move along like skipping stones, perhaps too briskly for deeper resonance, but the ripples are great fun to watch.
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