As visceral as cerebral, Carr's narrator picks scabs off his philosophical wounds while his alter ego, One Sleeve, attempts to make sense of a fractured universe. The narrator seems innocent enough, but grows in power with each philosophical counterpoint to One Sleeve's nihilistic vision. Though the character One Sleeve seems implacable at first, his frailty gradually becomes apparent. "Irony is the new certainty," declares Carr's ambivalent narrator, caught between the physical sensations and philosophical problems of this world and the next. – David Hulm, Kirkwood Community College, Iowa City
Richard Carr's fifth book, One Sleeve, collects all the resonating themes of his earlier work, turbocharges them, and demands that the reader, stripped of all pretense, illusion, and self-pity, face the human condition of our time. Carr's fencing match with contemporary loneliness results in this dangerous, shining, torqued exploration of the most profound dualities that haunt the soul: faith and despair, infinity and nothingness, inevitable death and the heart-breaking beauty of even the smallest details of our world. The collection is narrative, yet surprising simile and a blunt lyricism generate a magic that catapults each poem beyond the everyday into the heart of metaphysics. – Nancy White, author of Sun, Moon, Salt and Detour
Who is speaking? Who is being spoken to? We expect a piece of writing—poem, novel, whatever—to answer those questions early on, but the very first poem in Richard Carr's sequence One Sleeve announces that this book will not be playing by those rules. "He thinks of himself in the third person / except sometimes when he talks. // I talk between people. / I aim for the space between passersby." Breaking the rules allows One Sleeve to speak with/as a protean voice (an I, a he, a dog, a rabbit, a satyr, a human chess piece, an ape, a cat, a fern garden) that makes him always multiple: when he is "a radical at his computer," for instance, he is so in the chemical and mathematical senses of the word "radical" no less than in the political sense. That protean voice also incites us—we passersby—into remaining, like One Sleeve, "awake, counting beams of snowlight / hovering in the slats of the blinds." – H. L. Hix, author of First Fire, Then Birds
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RICHARD CARR's poetry and reviews have appeared in Poetry East, Exquisite Corpse, New Letters, Painted Bride Quarterly and many other journals. His chapbooks are Butterfly and Nothingness (a hypertext published by Mudlark) and Letters from North Prospect (winner of the Frank Cat Press Poetry Chapbook Award). His full-length poetry collections are Mister Martini (University of North Texas Press), Street Portraits (Backwaters Press), Honey (Gival Press), Ace (Word Works Books), One Sleeve (Evening Street Press), Imperfect Prayers (Steel Toe Books), and Dead Wendy (FutureCycle Press). His honors include the Washington Prize for Ace, the Gival Press Poetry Award for Honey, and the Vassar Miller Prize for Mister Martini.
Besides "serious" employment as a systems analyst, web designer, tavern manager, and college teacher, Richard has held an assortment of jobs in restaurants, big box and small town hardware stores, book and newspaper print shops, and on farms, as well as house painting, cabinet making, ice rink grooming, and, one summer, filling sunken graves in a cemetery. As a teenager, he wanted to be a concert pianist. His cat's name is "Fur" Elise, and his goldfish are called Aria and Goldberg. In college, he majored in philosophy. At one time, he could recite a hundred digits of pi. He once hitchhiked to California. His car is a Jaguar XJ8. He's been in three motorcycle crashes. None fatal.
The reality behind all our lives is really quite frightening. One Sleeve is a collection of poetry from Richard Carr, who speaks with an honesty that holds nothing back and manages to leave readers with much to think about. Excellent verse and excellent reading, One Sleeve is a book that would do well in any poetry collection. - Midwest Book Review
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Descripción Evening Street Press, 2011. Perfect Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería M0982010591
Descripción Evening Street Press, 2011. Paperback. Estado de conservación: Brand New. 60 pages. 8.80x5.90x0.20 inches. In Stock. Nº de ref. de la librería 0982010591