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Standing in Line for the Beast
Jason Bredle



Inland Seas

New Issues Poetry & Prose
2007 • 84 pp. 6 x 8 1/2"
Poetry

$14.00 Paperback, 978-1-930974-67-8



“The poems in Jason Bredle's first full-length collection, Standing in Line for the Beast, spill off the page like a whole closetful of Ray... [continued in Reviews below]”—Diagram

Reviews / Endorsements

“The poems in Jason Bredle's first full-length collection, Standing in Line for the Beast, spill off the page like a whole closetful of Ray Kroc Youth Achievement Awards—a thousand individual moments so strangely and vividly crystallized you want to hold onto them forever....Each abandoned beginning, each snipped thread of thought, carries the tantalizing hint of a good story behind it. But the hint is almost as good as the story itself, in the same way that a random Polaroid discovered on the sidewalk and sent to FOUND Magazine invites us to invent a much stranger explanation than we'd ever imagine if we were there when the picture was taken.”—Diagram

“These poems attack basic human desires, such as wanting to turn into a werewolf so you can tear the throat out of a crashing bore. Or picturing hell or characterizing death, which in a Jason Bredle poem can take you from listening to his friend Anne read a poem to a thunderstorm in Memphis to Mexico to 'an 18 / wheeler hauling Little Debbie snack cakes up I-75' and beyond. Jason Bredle is in that truck, eating Little Debbie cakes and being kicked in the ass by Kierkegaard, heading to Mexico to fall in love or die, because either one could be just around the corner.”—Barbara Hamby

Awards/Recognition:

Winner of the New Issues Prize (2006)


JASON BREDLE is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Carnival, from University of Akron Press. He lives in Chicago.



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