Fata Morgana

Reginald Shepherd's splendid meditations on lyric song and its elusive, illusive mirages-its fata morgana-celebrate and interrogate the craving for permanence and coherence in a world of loss and flux. Shepherd's supreme fictions evoke Persephone, Ophelia, Eve, and Echo; a torn Osiris, an Orpheus who 'plays the Bronx,' and the dumped industrial wastes of the Chicago River. Fata Morgana is a stunning collection by one of our most fiercely intelligent lyricists of myth and imagination.
Bruce Beasley

Fata Morgana mingles personal experience, history, mythology, politics, and natural science to explore the relationships of conception and perception, the self finding its way through a physical and social world not of its own making, but changing the world by its presence.

112 Pages, 6 x 9 in.

February, 2007

isbn : 9780822959519

about the author

Reginald Shepherd

Reginald Shepherd (1963-2008) was the author of five previous books of poetry: Fata Morgana; Otherhood; Wrong; Angel, Interrupted; and Some Are Drowning. His work has been widely anthologized, and has appeared in four editions of The Best American Poetry and two Pushcart Prize anthologies.

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