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Cave of the Yellow Volkswagen
Maureen Seaton

Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series

Carnegie Mellon
2009 • 80 pp. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2"
Poetry / Poetry - American

$15.95 Paperback, 978-0-88748-499-5

A collection of poems by Maureen Seaton.

Cave of the Yellow Volkswagen journeys from womb to fluorescence, dust mite to gargoyle, lakey depths to Florida sunshine, a dodgy trip made safer because the Beetle was reported to float if it careened off a bridge. The poems are a testimony—windows up, radio rowdy—to astonishing escapes and (non)leaky endings.

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"With a miner's light and a laser of attention, Maureen Seaton's Cave of the Yellow Volkswagen takes us on a Verne-like journey to intensely experienced psychic spaces. In these poems, the ground becomes porous and the sediment all-revealing. Here, layers of earth do not exist in any linear progression. Rather they skew themselves in wondrous and all-revealing chaos. Personal history and public fact interweave with underground rivers, sinkholes and the lava tubes of memory. Seaton notes, when speaking of matter and quarks, that '. . . everything defeats surveillance.' In Seaton's deft hands, observation functions only as the beginning of an ever-expanding universe."—Samuel Ace, author of Home in Three Days. Don't Wash.

"Seaton is a presence, but more like a force, in this turbulent collection. A hurricane, a linguistic game, a history, an affair, a rivalry, a new word, a revivified literary style—Cave of the Yellow Volkswagen dramatizes words with images pooled from the Florida shores of Seaton’s adopted home; beaches, mosquitoes, and orchids, yes. But it is her formal experiments with this language that are irreverently relevant."—Jane Miller, author of Midnights

"Cave of the Yellow Volkswagen is a jungle. In the jungle lives a witch artist who knows awfully a lot about the science of language, about its dark matter where everything expands and tricks, arriving at once and everywhere."—Wang Ping, author of The Magic Whip

MAUREEN SEATON is the author of Venus Examines Her Breast (Carnegie Mellon, 2004), winner of the Audre Lorde Award, and four other collections of poems. She is the coeditor, with Denise Duhamel and David Trinidad, of Saints of Hysteria: A Half-Century of Collaborative American Poetry (Soft Skull, 2007). The recipient of an NEA fellowship and the Pushcart Prize, she teaches poetry at the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida.

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