By Mark Strand
From Pulitzer Prize--winner Mark Strand comes an exquisitely witty and poignant sequence of prose poems. occasionally showing as natural prose, occasionally as impure poetry, yet constantly with Strand's readability and straightforwardness of favor, they're like riddles, their solutions vanishing simply as they seem nearby. delusion, family satire, meditation, comic story, and delusion all come jointly in what's arguably the liveliest, such a lot interesting booklet that Strand has but written.
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Almost Invisible by Mark Strand