Proprietary Poems by Randall MannProprietary Poems by Randall Mann

Proprietary Poems

byRandall Mann

Paperback | May 16, 2017

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For years, Randall Mann has been hailed as one of contemporary American poetry’s most daring formalists, expertly using craft as a way of exploring racy subjects with trenchant wit and aplomb. His new collection, Proprietary, depicts with the insights of a longtime insider the culture of corporate America, in which he’s worked for years, intertwined with some of his tried-and-true subjects, including gay life in the wildly disparate worlds of San Francisco and northern Florida.
Randall Mann is the author of three previous books of poetry, Straight Razor, Breakfast with Thom Gunn, and Complaint in the Garden. His poems have appeared in publications such as The Kenyon Review, The Paris Review, The Washington Post, and Poetry, which awarded him the 2013 J. Howard and Barbara M.J. Wood Prize. He lives in San Fran...
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Title:Proprietary PoemsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:80 pages, 8 × 5.5 × 0.26 inPublished:May 16, 2017Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0892554819

ISBN - 13:9780892554812

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The poems in this collection... straddle the distance between a San Francisco of hedonistic pleasures and a San Francisco of corporate doublespeak. In echoing that earlier city, Mann evokes Thom Gunn, a noted San Francisco poet or even Baudelaire, a poet of raw urban desire. But in threading these poems about lust, longing and alienation through a brave new world of org charts and web portals, Mann imagines anew what it means to connect or to feel at a loss in the age of the Internet. — NPR's 'All Things Considered'Proprietary, Randall Mann’s fourth collection of poetry, is a vividly honest exploration of Mann’s experiences and ruminations on gay life in contemporary America. With a sparse lyricism and striking formalism, Mann has created a collection that is unique while still paying homage to his predecessors, poets like Thom Gunn, Philip Larkin, and John Berryman. At times funny, elegiac, and brutal, these poems move effortlessly between concerns. Mann’s command of formal elements is impressive: a sonnet dense with imagery of addiction and pornography is followed by a perfectly metered, four-lined, iambic tetrameter, a sort of amuse-bouche before the longer, more rambling free-verse piece that follows. Each poem builds upon the last. Mann layers themes of sexuality, addiction, and nostalgia, but punctuates these with moments of levity and wit, like when, in a poem about a middle school mock-debate, he rhymes ray-gun with Ronald Reagan. Here, Mann has crafted a collection that is brutal and funny, poignant and honest in equal measure. — The Arkansas International