Sinnerman (Paperback)

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Sinnerman (Paperback)

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Michael Waters' Sinnerman charts the fluid boundaries between transgression and transcendence in narrative poems containing Waters' signature lyrical gestures. "Blessed be sin if it teaches men shame," wrote Georges Benanos. Sinnerman continues the poet's exploration of trespass as a mode of worship in poems that "delight in wit and wordplay" (The Gettysburg Review) and display "raucous devotion" while assuming "a divine erotic presence even in his more harrowing poems" (The Georgia Review). A fire escape, a fire hydrant, a father's comb, the mosaic of a bull in an Italian shopping mall, a soul in flight--all assume resonance "that they may shine more darkly" in the light of Waters' words. If sin is "seen as good once gone," these poems weigh our attraction to transgression against our desire for forgiveness. Novelistic in depth and reach, elegiac in its embrace of the living and the dead, raw in its fraught vulnerability, and cunning in its explosive and tongue-delighting sound play, Sinnerman seems poised between the here-and-now and the invisible it invites and confronts.
Michael Waters is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Fulbright Foundation, and New Jersey State Council on the Arts. His books of poetry include Caw (2020) and The Dean of Discipline (2018), and his co-edited anthologies include Border Lines: Poems of Migration (2020). He lives without a cell phone in Ocean, NJ.
Product Details ISBN: 9798985882445
Publisher: Etruscan Press
Publication Date: November 7th, 2023
Pages: 96
Language: English