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America: A Prophecy

America: A Prophecy edited by Marcus BoonAmerica: A Prophecy

Sparrow, Edited by Marcus Boon

America: A Prophecy is the long awaited collection from the writer Robert Christgau called, “one of the funniest men in Manhattan.” From a hilarious spiritual guide to New York City–written after Sparrow tried meditating at a dozen high-traffic landmarks–to the scientific and religious significance of the sky, Sparrow’s unique blend of wit and wisdom gives readers a whole new way of seeing our country at the crossroads. The author of Republican Like Me, Sparrow challenged Bob Dole for the presidential nomination in 1996 and, remarkably, lost. America: A Prophecy is his follow up, a fantastical look at a country in flux by a mischievous poet and iconoclastic comedian.

Sparrow created quite a stir in 1995 when he picketed The New Yorker magazine, holding a placard reading, “My Poetry is as bad as yours.” His poetry has since appeared in that magazine as well as The Quarterly, The New York Times and other erudite journals. He was also featured in the PBS series The United States of Poetry and can be heard, along with his legendary band Foamola, on the poetry compilation Poemfone: New Word Order (Tomato). He is a gossip columnist for the Phoenicia Times, a contributing editor to Chronogram, a substitute teacher, and the author of two books: Yes, You ARE a Revolutionary! Plus Seven Other Books and Republican Like Me (both Soft Skull Press). Sparrow lives with his wife and daughter in the hamlet of Phoenicia, New York, in the Catskill Mountains.

Marcus Boon (editor) specializes in contemporary literature and theory. He is the author of The Road of Excess: A History of Writers on Drugs (Harvard UP, 2002) which was called “an impressive display of scholarship” by the Boston Globe and a “valuable, philosophically provocative and sometimes quite moving work of literary criticism” by the Denver Post. He writes about music and sound for The Wire and is an Assistant Professor of English at York University in Toronto, Canada.

Paper | 5.5X 8.5 | 256 pgs. | ISBN: 1-932360-86-7 | List: $15.95 | 11/1/2005

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