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October 2010
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The Animals All Are Gathering
Paul, Bradley
Winner of the 2009 Donald Hall Prize in Poetry

A collection of lyric poems that address issues of death and personal crisis by filtering them through an obsession with monsters and animals.

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Bradley Paul’s work has appeared in American Poetry Review, Pleiades, Smartish Pace, Boston Review, and other journals. His first book of poetry, The Obvious, was selected by Brenda Hillman for the 2004 New Issues Poetry Prize. A native of Baltimore, he now lives in Los Angeles.
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Winner of the 2009 Donald Hall Prize in Poetry

These poems address issues of death and personal crisis by filtering them through an obsession with monsters and animals. After an initial loss, the speaker of these poems tries to utilize different personae—monsters, people stuck in horror movies—before turning his attention to the dreamlike animals that stalk him. Eventually, the speaker tries to resolve the conflicts among the figures by creating a cobbled-together garden in which they can coexist.

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“In this original and wonderfully energetic book, Bradley Paul moves from humor to mockery to play to anger to grief, and sometimes all at once. This poetry shifts, it slams, it hammers, it thinks; it corrodes our sorrow and foolishness; it captures our national haplessness, sad and firing and still.” —Jean Valentine

“This is a book of ‘Instructions,’ a ‘How to’ book, a ‘Guide’ to the anarchic carnival of everyday life. It is a wicked book smelling of ‘scrapple’ and the ‘puke of poetry.’ And yet rising out of the bile is something else—call it a love for words and poetry—that can gleefully announce that ‘a monkey could write this poem.’ Read this book and you will learn ‘how to stop your doppelgänger from plagiarizing you,’ which is exactly what you need to know to live in the twenty-first century.” —John Yau


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