Mister Martini
6 x 9, 80 pp.
Pub Date: 02/19/2008
Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry
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Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry, 2007

Mister Martini

By Richard Carr

Winner of the Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry, 2007.

Spare yet evocative, the poems in Mister Martini pair explorations of a father-son relationship with haiku-like martini recipes. The martini becomes a daring metaphor for this relationship as it moves from the son’s childhood to the father’s death. Each poem is a strong drink in its own right, and together they form a potent narrative of alienation and love between a father and son struggling to communicate.

Richard Carr grew up in Blue Earth, Minnesota, and lives in Minneapolis. His careers have alternated between the computer industry and academia, and for several years he managed Fitzpatrick’s Tavern in Toledo, Ohio. His poems have been published in Painted Bride Quarterly, Poetry East, The Comstock Review, and The North Stone Review.

What Readers Are Saying:

“This is a truly original book. There’s nothing extra: sharp and clear and astonishing. Viva!” --Naomi Shihab Nye, judge and author of 19 Varieties of Gazelle


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