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You have to laugh : new + selected poems /
Mairéad Byrne.
edition
1st ed.
imprint
New York : Barrow Street Press, c2013.
description
174 p. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0981987699 (pbk.), 9780981987699 (pbk.)
format(s)
Book
Holdings
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imprint
New York : Barrow Street Press, c2013.
isbn
0981987699 (pbk.)
9780981987699 (pbk.)
standard identifier
40022775359
catalogue key
9151214
 
Includes bibliographical references.
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Main Description
Poetry. Irish émigré poet Mairéad Byrne's provocative and unhinged YOU HAVE TO LAUGH showcases, for the first time in one volume, more than twenty years of groundbreaking poetry that ranges from taut lyrics, sustained narratives, prose and occasional poems, to high-wired sound texts. Byrne's brash energy, wry quips, and engaged bittersweet critiques of the overinflated language of consumerism and world-weariness elevate these poems from the laugh-out-loud funny toward understated pathos. The way the work integrates high cultural references with spoken-word intensity, while the syntax swerves with wildly varied diction, is sure to attract a wide audience even as it undermines easy categorization.

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