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Last Chance for the Tarzan Holler
In a cascade of language--ordinary speech, preaching, song, banter, erudition--all that is good spirals into regions of horror and grotesque inconsistency, with consequences as contemporary as headlines and as eternal as myth. Intense and brilliantly sustained, these poems limn the humane being tested, the plunge into strangeness, and finally recovery, the salvaging of wonder after all. A finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and a Village Voice Favorite Book of 1998, Last Chance for the Tarzan Holler is a volume of urgent poetry in which words, images, ideas, music and feelings are pushed to their ultimate capacity.
Praise for the Book:
"[Moss] is a poet of many gifts and she produces a poetry that takes risks. Last Chance for the Tarzan Holler is strikingly expansive..."—Judith Kitchen, The Georgia Review
"Thylias Moss already is a permanent American poet, canonical in the old, authentic sense. Her Last Chance for the Tarzan Holler is a profound and disturbing volume. Its difficulties are necessary and rewarding, and enrich me."—Harold Bloom
"Moss's protean poems span the page, but they don't read like prose; there's emphatic, pounding rhythm here, a sense of coiled energy that...really does spring. Mythic in proportion, filled with religious symbolism, yet showing that as a woman and an African-American Moss is keenly aware of the slights and intrusions of contemporary life, these poems often feel larger than life."—Library Journal
About the Author:
Thylias Moss's books of poetry include Slave Moth: A Narrative in Verse, Tokyo Butter, Last Chance for the Tarzan Holler, Small Congregations: New and Selected Poems, Rainbow Remnants in Rock Bottom Ghetto Sky, At Redbones, Pyramid of Bone, and Hosiery Seams on a Bowlegged Woman. She is the author of a memoir,Tale of a Sky-Blue Dress, and two plays, Talking to Myself and The Dolls in the Basement. Among her honors are a MacArthur Fellowhip, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Dewar's Profiles Performance Award, a Witter Bynner Award for Poetry, and a Whiting Award. She is a professor of English at the University of Michigan.
Also available from Persea by Thylias Moss:
Rainbow Remnants in Rock Bottom Sky
Paperback/$14.00 (Can. $15.50)/978-0-89255-243-6/117 Pages/Poetry
Hardcover/$24.00 (Can $26.50)/978-0-89255-229-0/112 Pages/Poetry