Sufficiency of the Actual

Sufficiency of the Actual

4.25 (12 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author) 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Dispatched from the UK in 11 business days
When will my order arrive?


In this ambitious collection, Kevin Stein enters the volatile intersection of private lives and larger public history. In poems variously formal and experimental, improvisational and narrative, wisely silly and playfully forlorn, Stein renders the human carnival flexed across the tattooed bulk of \u201chistory\u2019s bicep.\u201dMusical and refreshingly unaffected, Stein\u2019s poems yoke the domains of high and low art. His poems address subjects by turns surprising, edgy, and humorous. They offer musings on the Slinky and the atomic bomb, elegies for a miscarried pregnancy and the late physicist Edward Teller, reflections on night-shift factory work and President Eisenhower\u2019s golf caddy, and meditations on the politics of post-colonialism and a youthful antiwar streaking incident. Against this vivid backdrop parades a motley cast of American characters seeking wiry balance in a fragile world.
show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 104 pages
  • 156 x 228 x 12mm | 299.37g
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0252033094
  • 9780252033094

Review quote

"A self-deprecating societal evaluation that has a tendency to hug and butcher, with lightning word choices that ring seconds after the last of the thunder has been heard."--Chicago Sun-Times "Stein writes about ordinary objects in unremarkable lives-lawn mowers and Dodge pickups and TV sets and baseball caps-but upon that humble stuff, he sheds the golden radiance of close attention. His poems are delivered in everyday language, which means that when the epiphanies come, they pack a punch."--Chicago Tribune
show more

About Kevin Stein

Kevin Stein is Poet Laureate of Illinois and Caterpillar Professor of English at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. His previous publications include American Ghost Roses, Chance Ransom, and several other poetry collections, as well as two books of literary criticism and the poetry anthology Illinois Voices.
show more

Rating details

12 ratings
4.25 out of 5 stars
5 42% (5)
4 42% (5)
3 17% (2)
2 0% (0)
1 0% (0)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X