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The Prayers of Dallas, Poems by Frederick Turner
The Prayers of Dallas is a portrait of the city, composed as a mosaic of 50 different voices, each a resident of Dallas, each in his or her most private moment; speaking to whatever is their own ultimate Listener—God, Jahweh, Allah, the Buddha, Krishna, Evolution, Humanity, the spirits of basketball, nature, re-election, and so on. Out of these meditations a story slowly emerges, one which concerns the survival of the city against a deadly plot, and perhaps in the larger sense the survival of civilization.
Comments on Frederick Turner's Earlier Poetry
“This is a work of singular nobility and excellence.”—Tom Disch
“Grand, glowing…a thousand bravos!”—James Merrill
Frederick Turner is Founders Professor of Arts and Humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas. He was educated at Oxford University and taught at the University of California at Santa Barbara and Kenyon College. A poet, critic, and former editor of The Kenyon Review, his books include Paradise; Genesis: an Epic Poem; Natural Classicism; Foamy Sky: The Major Poems of Miklos Radnoti (translations, with Zsuzsanna Ozsvath); The Culture of Hope; Hadean Eclogues; and Shakespeare's Twenty-first Century Economics: The Morality of Love and Money.
ISBN 1933456426, 88 pages, $17.00