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Orpheus in His Underwear

By: William Bory
Cythoera Press
93 pages
CA$10 + S&H

Published just before his untimely death in 1993, this is William Bory's only poetry collection, described by critic Edward Lucie-Smith as "one of the most remarkable first books of poetry I have ever read. It combines two very different traditions – the elegant and dandified, and the forthright and utterly outspoken...a fierce integrity – sometimes uncomfortable to read, but always exhilerating."

William Bory was unique among American poets in his ability to enter the dark emotional landscape of our times and illuminate it – fitfully, movingly, with astonishing silver flares of eloquence and beauty. These are nocturnal, lunar poems, with electric energies crackling beneath the polished surfaces. They are wicked, sardonic, tormented, cruel. Yet they attain a strange, almost unearthly nobility, suggestive of Orpheus himself – dismembered, decapitated, singing still.

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