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The Egyptian Theatre , and: In the Throes of Advanced Study , and: A Postcard from Cucamonga , and: The Expulsion of the Triumphant Beast , and: Willie Jones , and: My Liberation from Vanity , and: The Sway of One Ocean

The Egyptian Theatre , and: In the Throes of Advanced Study , and: A Postcard from Cucamonga ,... Scott Coffel "Anyone who persists in this craft knows all too well the bear markets of the spirit, its once untamed vistas now littered with lawn furniture. But the cycle runs its course, and given time and luck, the mind's terrain reasserts its native wildness, and life again teems through its tracts of urban discomfiture. As for influences, I found mine in a cramped public library wedged between a medical supplies outlet and an Italian bakery, where I cut my teeth on Blake, Shelley, Frost and the incomparable Coleridge. "Although separated in composition by as much as fifteen years, each of these poems finds its origin in an absurd impulse or a deplorable circumstance that obliges the speaker to embark on a quest for which failure is the only option. Of course, to fail is poetry to succeed; poetry should resist easy victories or the siren songs of selfimprovement. As for life itself, that appendage to pure thought, I recommend brisk excursions, earphones and the verbal avalanches of Dickens and Sterne. One could do worse than Little Dorrit but no better than Tristram Shandy." Scott Coffel, a native New Yorker, lives in Iowa City with his wife and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Missouri Review University of Missouri

The Egyptian Theatre , and: In the Throes of Advanced Study , and: A Postcard from Cucamonga , and: The Expulsion of the Triumphant Beast , and: Willie Jones , and: My Liberation from Vanity , and: The Sway of One Ocean

The Missouri Review , Volume 31 (2) – Jul 11, 2008

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Scott Coffel "Anyone who persists in this craft knows all too well the bear markets of the spirit, its once untamed vistas now littered with lawn furniture. But the cycle runs its course, and given time and luck, the mind's terrain reasserts its native wildness, and life again teems through its tracts of urban discomfiture. As for influences, I found mine in a cramped public library wedged between a medical supplies outlet and an Italian bakery, where I cut my teeth on Blake, Shelley, Frost and the incomparable Coleridge. "Although separated in composition by as much as fifteen years, each of these poems finds its origin in an absurd impulse or a deplorable circumstance that obliges the speaker to embark on a quest for which failure is the only option. Of course, to fail is poetry to succeed; poetry should resist easy victories or the siren songs of selfimprovement. As for life itself, that appendage to pure thought, I recommend brisk excursions, earphones and the verbal avalanches of Dickens and Sterne. One could do worse than Little Dorrit but no better than Tristram Shandy." Scott Coffel, a native New Yorker, lives in Iowa City with his wife and

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The Missouri ReviewUniversity of Missouri

Published: Jul 11, 2008

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