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Review Excerpt: Boy by Victor Enns - Prairie Fire

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Monday, October 21, 2013

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By: Andrew Vaisius

We are out on the prairie, where inertia can be an optical illusion. The poetry is steeped in guilt and religion, yet isn’t just that. Enns is wry and knowing. Early on in “This Wheel’s on Fire” he sets the alarm in the first line: “Goethe and Schiller are on fire” (23). The school library is burning, and nothing beats the last three lines for their scorching irony:  “the school / is burning down / can you see the light?”


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