Last Chance for the Tarzan Holler
A National Book Critics Circle Award finalist
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 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.
“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.”
Thylias Moss is Professor Emerita in the departments of English and Art & Design at the University of Michigan. Her books of poetry include Tokyo Butter, Slave Moth, named Best Poetry Book of 2004 by Black Issues Book Review, and Wannabe Hoochie Mama Gallery of Realities' Red Dress Code. Moss is a recipient of the fellowships from the Guggenheim and MacArthur foundations, among other honors. She lives in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
Cloth / $24.00 / ISBN 978-0-89255-229-0 / 118 pages / Poetry