Rational Anthem Casey Thayer

Rational Anthem

Author: Casey Thayer
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Book Title
Rational Anthem
Author
Casey Thayer
ISBN
9781682262047
Finalist, 2022 Miller Williams Poetry PrizeIn a voice at times electrified by caustic cynicism, at other times stripped bare by grief, Casey Thayer's Rational Anthem offers wry tribute to "the greatest country God could craft with the mules he had / on hand." In seeking to tell the story of the ragged world around him, Thayer examines the links among flag-waving populism, religious fervor, and toxic masculinity. Here male intimacy--among childhood friends, between father and son, and in the tenuous bonds between young adults--generally finds acceptance only when expressed through a shared passion for guns and hunting: "I helped my father clean his hands with field grass, / convinced we had shared a moment / in rolling the internal organs out of the abdomen."In "How-To," the book's closer--a mash-up of instructions from active-shooter trainings attended by the poet--Thayer grasps at strategies for surviving a world where we have come to see school shootings as routine: "Grab a textbook, they instructed my child, and hug it to your chest over your heart."Formally deft and lyrically dense, Rational Anthem asks why we find it so hard to change the stories we keep repeating.Binding Type: PaperbackAuthor: Casey ThayerPublisher: University of Arkansas PressPublished: 03/01/2022ISBN: 9781682262047Pages: 94Weight: 0.20lbsSize: 8.40h x 5.40w x 0.30d

Finalist, 2022 Miller Williams Poetry Prize

In a voice at times electrified by caustic cynicism, at other times stripped bare by grief, Casey Thayer's Rational Anthem offers wry tribute to "the greatest country God could craft with the mules he had / on hand." In seeking to tell the story of the ragged world around him, Thayer examines the links among flag-waving populism, religious fervor, and toxic masculinity. Here male intimacy--among childhood friends, between father and son, and in the tenuous bonds between young adults--generally finds acceptance only when expressed through a shared passion for guns and hunting: "I helped my father clean his hands with field grass, / convinced we had shared a moment / in rolling the internal organs out of the abdomen."

In "How-To," the book's closer--a mash-up of instructions from active-shooter trainings attended by the poet--Thayer grasps at strategies for surviving a world where we have come to see school shootings as routine: "Grab a textbook, they instructed my child, and hug it to your chest over your heart."

Formally deft and lyrically dense, Rational Anthem asks why we find it so hard to change the stories we keep repeating.



Binding Type: Paperback
Author: Casey Thayer
Publisher: University of Arkansas Press
Published: 03/01/2022
ISBN: 9781682262047
Pages: 94
Weight: 0.20lbs
Size: 8.40h x 5.40w x 0.30d

Finalist, 2022 Miller Williams Poetry Prize

In a voice at times electrified by caustic cynicism, at other times stripped bare by grief, Casey Thayer's Rational Anthem offers wry tribute to "the greatest country God could craft with the mules he had / on hand." In seeking to tell the story of the ragged world around him, Thayer examines the links among flag-waving populism, religious fervor, and toxic masculinity. Here male intimacy--among childhood friends, between father and son, and in the tenuous bonds between young adults--generally finds acceptance only when expressed through a shared passion for guns and hunting: "I helped my father clean his hands with field grass, / convinced we had shared a moment / in rolling the internal organs out of the abdomen."

In "How-To," the book's closer--a mash-up of instructions from active-shooter trainings attended by the poet--Thayer grasps at strategies for surviving a world where we have come to see school shootings as routine: "Grab a textbook, they instructed my child, and hug it to your chest over your heart."

Formally deft and lyrically dense, Rational Anthem asks why we find it so hard to change the stories we keep repeating.



Binding Type: Paperback
Author: Casey Thayer
Publisher: University of Arkansas Press
Published: 03/01/2022
ISBN: 9781682262047
Pages: 94
Weight: 0.20lbs
Size: 8.40h x 5.40w x 0.30d