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  1. Lawrence Booth’s Book of Visions (Yale Series of Younger Poets)
    Lawrence Booth’s Book of Visions (Yale Series of Younger Poets)
    Lawrence Booth’s Book of Visions (Yale Series of Younger Poets)
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  2. Lawrence Booth’s Book of Visions (Yale Series of Younger Poets)

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This year’s winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets competition is Maurice Manning’s Lawrence Booth’s Book of Visions. These compelling poems take us on a wild ride through the life of a man child in the rural South. Presenting a cast of allegorical and symbolic, yet very real, characters, the poems have “authority, daring, [and] a language of color and sure movement,” says series judge W.S. Merwin.

From Seven Chimeras

The way Booth makes a love story: same as a regular story, except under one rock is a trapdoor that leads to a room full of belly buttons;  each must be pushed, one is a landmine. The way Booth makes hope: thirty-seven acres, Black Damon, Red Dog. Construct a pillar of fire in the Great Field and let it become unquenchable. The way Booth ends the Jack-in-the-Box charade: shoot the weasel in the neck and toss it to the buzzards. The way Booth thinks of salvation: God holding a broken abacus, colored beads falling away.

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1St Edition
Yale University Press
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Compelling and captivating, this book kept me engrossed from cover to cover. The book keeps you guessing from beginning to end and hence engages the reader at all times. In the book, Maurice Manning gives us glimpses from the life of Lawrence Booth but holds back the entire picture and it is like a jigsaw puzzle with some pieces missing and hence the reader, trying to see the complete picture, is constantly guessing.
That is not the only charm that the book has. What is fascinating is that it is an adult painting a vision of the world through the eyes of a child and not just any child but the strange Lawrence Booth; a child with a fascinating and vivid imagination and a vision of the world that is colored by his troubled home life. A window in to the hopes, dreams and experiences of Lawrence, one cannot help but fall in love with this strange, distressed boy. Your heart goes out to this boy who has been robbed of a childhood due to his difficult family circumstances.
If... Read more
Maurice Manning's first collection of poetry is, in a word, refreshing. Unlike the work of many contemporary poets, Manning's poems are not thinly veiled considerations of his own experience but investigations into the lives of a set of fictional characters. Similar to a novel in many ways, Lawrence Booth's Book of Visions follows Law Booth from his troubled childhood in 1970's rural Kentucky into his adult years as an eccentric recluse. The chronology of his life, however, is by no means clear. Pinnacle events and characters reappear throughout the poem sequence, allowing past and present to coexist in a way that attempts to reproduce the protagonist's movement into madness. Because this is a "Book of Visions," some of the episodes depicted here must be figments of Booth's imagination. The blurred distinction between these and the events that `actually' occurred is also meant to illustrate the central character's approaching insanity.
These many uncertainties make Lawrence... Read more
This collection of poems was unique to me in both its presentation and its content. With structure akin to that of a novel, the poems all tell an ongoing story of the life of a fictional character: Lawrence Booth. The poems are people based, and revolve around the relationships, both real and fictional, that exist in Lawrence Booth's world. As "Law" goes through life, the poems cover the experiences that he has, ranging from his rural upbringing to his relationship with his alcoholic father to the fantasy world that Law has created. This fantasy world creates a surreal aura to the poetry, leaving the reader wondering what is real and what has been fabricated. This feeling is sustained through the writing which contains bold and intriguing descriptions and images. However, these images are so random that after a while they tend to become tedious to read since they fail to create a connection with the reader which maintains interest. In fact, my first impression of this collection of... Read more
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