Maureen Seaton


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The Red Hills --After Sinead O'Connor Appears on Saturday Night Live, the Pope --Blonde Ambition --What She Thought --Cleaning St. Anne --Grace --Malleus Maleficarum --An Unofficial Interpretation of Pieter Aertsen's A Butcher Stall with the Holy Family Giving Alms on the Flight to Egypt, c. 1550 --Malleus Maleficarum 2 --The Queen of Jersey --Malleus Maleficarum 3 --Praxis --Malleus Maleficarum 4 --Exquisite Corpse --Flash --A Brief History of Faith --Theories of Illusion --Eggshell Seas --Secrets of Water --Tagging --LA Dream #1 --Will --LA Dream #2 --A Single Subatomic Event --A Constant Dissolution of Molecules --Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death --Called "Crass" by a Suitor during a Radically Conservative Moment in History, Helen Counsels Her Body --Slow Dance --Self-Portrait with Disasters --During the Eclipse I Remember You Sent Me Playboy --Swan Lake --The Sculpture Garden --Toy Car --The West Room


By turns chic, romantic, sardonic, droll, seductive, and in your face, Maureen Seaton is a cornucopia of attitudes and styles, a street-smart, deeply talented woman who wryly contemplates the charades that the self and the world assume - and how hard it is to stay in focus the morning after. It gets very, very hot in Seaton's kitchen and in her poems. As this inventive and imaginative poet states, "Furious Cooking is a stew of accidents and incidents roiling across universes.".

Seaton creates curious and energetic juxtapositions; she revisits violence and assesses its damages. The poet/woman in the thick of this caldron instigates polarities and assumes the roles of inquisitor and heretic, perpetrator and child, painter and artifact, scientist and specimen. She careens circularly through the hypocrisies and atrocities of church and partner, established sanctioned realities, the seeming senseless death of loved ones in this life and long ago.

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Iowa poetry prize

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University of Iowa Press


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Copyright 1996 Maureen Seaton

Furious cooking: poems