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Lesley Dauer

Lesley Dauer received degrees from Middlebury, The University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Harvard. Her poems have appeared in many journals, including Boulevard, Grand Street and Poetry, and anthologies, including American Poetry: The Next Generation (CMUP). Her first book of poems, THE FRAGILE CITY, won the Bluestem Award. Dauer teaches English and Creative Writing at Foothill College in California.

Books by Lesley Dauer

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Carnival Life: Poems
By author: Lesley Dauer
Product Code: P528
ISBN: 9780881465716
Product Format: Paperback / softback
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Price:  $17.00
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Each poem in this award-winning collection represents the life of a carnival performer or that of an outsider whose life is rife with carnival metaphor. For instance, “The Two-Headed Woman and the Two-Faced Man” is both literal and metaphorical. Naturally, she draws carnival audiences, and as an outsider and illusionist of sorts, he complicates her life. Through deft, incisive portraits, Lesley Dauer populates these pages with people and animals in whom we recognize our own strengths, quirks, and bewilderment. We meet among others: a human cannonball preoccupied with thoughts of his family’s welfare, a contortionist controlled by his emotions, and compassionate dancing bears concerned by the psychological limits of their audience.