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98 pages (2003); 566KB downloadBOA Editions
; ISBN: 1-929918-37-2
Foreword by Stephen Dobyns. The poems in "Big Back Yard" have something that is missing from much contemporary poetry; that is, they are a pleasure to read. They delight the mind while also being moving and serious and intelligent, all those things that teachers like to talk about.... One of the fuctions of art is to bring back this quality of wonder. Michael Teig's poems are immensely successful at this. Certainly they have interesting language and subject matter and form, but they also have this ability to make the world fresh again and make us realize once again why we love the world, despite its failings and our own.