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The common man [electronic resource] / Maurice Manning.

Authors: Manning, Maurice, 1966-
Call number: eBook
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010.
Publication date: 2010.
Subject: Electronic books.
Appalachian Region -- Poetry.
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Title: The common man [electronic resource] / Maurice Manning.
Physical description: 1 online resource (viii, 96 p.)
Contents note: Moonshine -- The mute -- A bestiary -- A wavering spindle of Forsythia -- The pupil -- A prayer to God my God in a time of desolation -- Three truths, one story -- Hey, sidewinder -- A blasphemy -- The old clodhopper's aubade -- Ars poetica shaggy and brown -- Emptying a rain gauge -- Sowing butter beans with a stick -- Dead tree, two crows, morning fog -- Thunderbolt, my foot -- The burthen of the mystery indeed -- A panegyric against the consolation of grief -- A wringer washer on the porch -- For the last time, no, I'm not the Rabbit Man -- That durned ole via negativa -- The Lord he thought he'd make a man -- For the prodigal, the morning is a trespass against the night -- Old negro spiritual -- O stationers! -- A lexicon for people who don't talk too much -- Old-time preachin' on a scripture taken from a tree -- Pappy's little pistol -- Sad and alone -- A local yokel's system of the spheres -- The doctrine of an ax -- The man who lived with joy and pain: his own account -- Song of the potato digger -- A man with a rooster in his dream -- The beet's theology -- Oh, she's warm! -- The dream of a mountain woman big enough for me -- Where sadness comes from -- Giddyup, ye banties! -- The common man.
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Summary note: The Common Man, Maurice Manning's fourth collection, is a series of ballad-like narratives, set down in loose, unrhymed iambic tetrameter, that honors the strange beauty of the Kentucky mountain country he knew as a child, as well as the idiosyncratic adventures and personalities of the oldtimers who were his neighbors, friends, and family. Playing off the book's title, Manning demonstrates that no one is common or simple. Instead, he creates a detailed, complex, and poignant portrait--by turns serious and hilarious, philosophical and speculative, but ultimately tragic--of a fast-disappearing aspect of American culture. The Common Man's accessibility and its enthusiastic and sincere charms make it the perfect antidote to the glib ironies that characterize much contemporary American verse. It will also help to strengthen Manning's reputation as one of his generation's most important and original voices.
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Available in other form: Manning, Maurice, 1966- Common man.
ISBN: 9780547487304 (electronic bk.)
0547487304 (electronic bk.)
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