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by Fred Chappell

  • ISBN: 0807129437
  • Category: Fiction
  • Author: Fred Chappell
  • Subcategory: Poetry
  • Other formats: mbr docx rtf lit
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: LSU Press; 1st edition (January 29, 2004)
  • Pages: 64 pages
  • FB2 size: 1370 kb
  • EPUB size: 1285 kb
  • Rating: 4.9
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This collection of humorous and satiric verse takes its title from that thoroughly southern term meaning "irreverent retort," "ironic remark," or "scoffing observation.

This collection of humorous and satiric verse takes its title from that thoroughly southern term meaning "irreverent retort," "ironic remark," or "scoffing observation. The ancient Roman poet Juvenal noted that his world made it hard not to write satire. Fred Chappell, finding his contemporary era analogous to that of imperial Rome, has in Backsass given in to the impulse for invective and mockery.

Fred Chappell, finding his contemporary era analogous to that of imperial Rome, has in Backsass given in to the impulse This collection of humorous and satiric verse takes its title from that thoroughly southern term meaning "irreverent retort," "ironic remark," or "scoffing observation.

54 pages ; 24 cm. "This collection of humorous and satiric verse takes its title from the thoroughly southern term meaning "irreverent retort," "ironic remark," or "scoffing observation. The ancient Roman poet Juvenal noted that his world made it hard not to write satire, Fred Chappell, finding his contemporary era analogous to that of imperial Rome, has in Backass given in to the impulse for invective and mockery.

Fred Chappell taught at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro for over 40 years, where he helped establish the MFA in writing program and received the O. Max . Backsass: Poems, Louisiana State University Press, 2004. Shadow Box: Poems, Louisiana State University Press, 2009. Max Gardner Award for teaching. His essay collections include Plow Naked: Selected Essays on Poetry (1993) and A Way of Happening: Observations of Contemporary Poetry (1998). Retired from teaching, he lives with his wife Susan in North Carolina. Poems by Fred Chappell.

Fred Davis Chappell (born May 28, 1936 in Canton, North Carolina) is an author and poet. He was an English professor for 40 years (1964–2004) at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He was the Poet Laureate of North Carolina from 1997–2002. He attended Duke University. His 1968 novel Dagon, which was named the Best Foreign Book of the Year by the Académie française, is a recasting of a Cthulhu Mythos horror story as a psychologically realistic Southern Gothic.

Fred Davis Chappell (born May 28, 1936) is a Bollingen Prize-winning American poet. Chappell was born in Canton, North Carolina. He retired after 40 years as an English professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His 1968 novel Dagon, a recasting of a Cthulhu Mythos horror story as a psychologically realistic Southern Gothic, was named the Best Foreign Book of the Year by the Académie française.

Chappell's more recent publications include the poetry collections Family Gathering (2000), Backsass (2004), and Shadow Вох (2009).

He taught English for 40 years at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Chappell's more recent publications include the poetry collections Family Gathering (2000), Backsass (2004), and Shadow Вох (2009).

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This collection of humorous and satiric verse takes its title from that thoroughly southern term meaning irreverent retort, ironic remark, or scoffing observation. The ancient Roman poet Juvenal noted that his world made it hard not to write satire. Fred Chappell, finding his contemporary era analogous to that of imperial Rome, has in Backsass given in to the impulse for invective and mockery. The aim of satirists is to improve the moral tenor of society, and they approach this goal by first causing us to laugh at ourselves. Brandishing his lexical sword, Chappell ribs our shortcomings, offers tonic advice, and occasionally sheds a tear for our fallen ideals. Some poetry is fine wine. Backsass is the driest of martinis.
Reviews about Backsass: Poems (3):
Qane
I reviewed this collection for the North Carolina Literary Review. I had just finished a poetry writing workshop with a faculty member at my university and was asked to write the review because none of the poets on the English faculty were willing to review Chappell's recent work. Since I am a psychology professor, who had read a lot of poetry and written some bad poems, the editor asked me to do the review. I did my best and learn about satirical poetry.

I don't have a copy of my review close to hand, but essentially my judgment was that this collection was fun but not Fred's best work. If you compare these poems with his early poetry, I think you will see a distinct gap in quality. I would be happy to claim most of the poems in Backsass as my own, but Chappell is one of the great modern Southern poets. For a sample of his earlier work, and for an excellent overall collection of modern Southern poets, I would suggest The Made Thing (edited by Leon Stokesbury) which contains the following poems by Chappell:

My Father Washes His Hands by Fred Chappell
My Grandmother Washes Her Feet by Fred Chappell
My Grandmother Washes Her Vessels by Fred Chappell
My Mother Shoots The Breeze by Fred Chappell
Narcissus And Echo by Fred Chappell
Second Wind by Fred Chappell

I am sure I am not worthy to wash Chappell's feet and this is not a bad collection of short comical poems but it isn't Chappell's best work. Finally, let me also state I am not a Chappell scholar and there are many of his poems and novels I have not read. If my allotted time permits, I will read more.
Windworker
Any new book by Fred Chappell is cause for celebration. In my estimation he is, word for word, page for page, the best living writer we have no in the United States.
BACKSASS finds him in particularly fine form. It is a collection of poems following the satirical mode of Roman master Juvenal in which the poet gives vent to his spleen on any number of issues, including politics, poetry, and gross materialism. My own favorite among the group is his long poem on the state of contemporary intellectual life, in which he socks it to poetasters and grant-givers and LitCrits who have done so much to cripple American intellectual life with their ideologies and their peculiar theories and their determination to elevate the mediocre over the excellent (what little bit of excellence is left). (Chappell, who has never won a Pulitzer Prize or been nominated for the Nobel, may be writing out of some personal frustration here, but it is wholly justified. He never tells anything less than the truth.) His Thanksgiving poem, of near equal length, is just downright lovely. In it we see an appreciation of those things which really matter in life - friends, good food, good conversation, etc.
Although Chappell is clearly bitter in places, he is never dour or dull. And his observations, in both free verse and rhymed, are must reading for optimists and pessimist alike.
Beahelm
Chappell's lively verse at its best. It questions, pokes fun, satirizes, illuminates, and provides revelations at every turn. It does what poetry should be doing in a jaded, absurd time.

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