Ars Poetica: A Postmodern Parable


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Texas Review Press
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5.58 X 8.5 X 0.93 inches | 1.06 pounds
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About the Author

CLAY REYNOLDS has written six previous novels, including The Vigil, Franklin's Crossing (Pulitzer Prize entrant and Violet Crown winner) and Players and Monuments (Spur finalist and also a Violet Crown winner). His most recent book is The Tentmaker. A professional editor and consultant, Reynolds is author of more than seven hundred publications ranging from nonfiction books to short fiction to book reviews and scholarly articles. An NEA Fellow, he is a member of the Texas Institute of Letters and presently serves as professor and associate dean for arts and humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas.


"In the grand tradition of raging misanthropic poets (from Aristophanes to Robert Frost), the protagonist of Ars Poetica is a character who spares no one from his pitiless scrutiny. In this masterfully told tale of an aging poet who finally turns his back on the system that he feels failed him, Clay Reynolds gives us a story to remember."
--George Garrett
"Clay Reynolds' Ars Poetica kept me up to three A.M. two nights in a row as I raced through this hilarious satire of the academic world, this terrific story of the power of poetry to ruin a life and redeem it. The book also kept my wife up to three both nights because I kept laughing out loud and waking her up. Once she was awake, I read passages of the book to her so that she could laugh with me."
--Andrew Hudgins
"In the title Ars Poetica, Reynolds has taken irony to a new level of dignity and comic outrage, and the story - marvelously consistent in tone, as if we were hearing it in a stalled elevator - has the haunting feel of an unforgettable fairy tale for adults. It is a dark joy. "
--Miller Williams