By Maggie Estep
"The storytelling has energy and a spirit of uprising, giving us wish for the way forward for all these undesirable women with soiled faces and undesirable boys on bikes."—The long island Times
"There is ready Maggie Estep's paintings a directness, a transparent determination—a force to chop via, to damage via, to claw through—that is impressive."—A.M. houses, writer of The Mistress's Daughter
"Maggie Estep is the bastard daughter of Raymond Chandler and Anaïs Nin. Her prose is hard-boiled and attractive; she turns a superb word and indicates a few leg."—Jonathan Ames, writer of get up, Sir!
Alice Hunter is a thirty-six-year-old expert gambler residing in Queens, big apple. She is modestly winning as a horseplayer and enjoys her paintings. even though avidly pursued by means of her lover, Clayton, who she refers to because the enormous Oaf, Alice's closest significant other is sweet, a small noticed puppy, and Alice likes it that approach. whilst Clayton's overzealousness leads Alice to invite one in every of her racetrack cronies to intimidate Clayton into leaving her, a couple of issues get it wrong and Alice turns to her half-sister Eloise, a toy maker, whose personal lover has simply been killed in a freak accident.
There is fierce love among Alice, Eloise, and Kimberly (their unconventional mother), however it takes Alice's unintended discovery of an lousy mystery Kimberly has been conserving to actually deliver 3 eccentric ladies, seventeen canine, and various fanatics together.
Maggie Estep has released six books, together with Hex, a brand new York occasions remarkable publication of 2003. Her paintings has seemed in lots of magazines and anthologies together with: Brooklyn Noir, Queens Noir, Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Café, the simplest American Erotica, and The Outlaw Bible of yank Poetry. She has played her paintings in a large choice of venues starting from Lincoln middle to Lollapalooza, Charlie Rose, and HBO's Def Poetry Jam. She lives in Woodstock, big apple.
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The repeated phrase, “as men are now,” likewise draws attention to both the temporal and the qualitative distance between an “us,” embracing both the poet and his audience, and the heroes; the magical nearness created by the Muses’ narrative is momentarily shattered to remind us of our own condition here and now. 421–26) – have a similar effect by suggesting the gulf between the heroic narrative and the present of the audience’s everyday nonheroic experiences. 18 We will see later how this characteristic of similes can be used to effect transitions.
Round about him, the wives and the daughters of the Trojans were running Asking about their sons, brothers, and relations, And husbands . . The order in these lines foreshadows Hector’s subsequent meetings with Hecuba, Paris and Helen, and Andromache. From here the Trojan prince proceeds to the vast palace, described in labyrinthine detail as housing Priam’s fifty sons and their wives as well as his 2 See Scully (1990) 64–68; and especially Arthur (1981); Schadewaldt (1965b); and recently, Maronitis (2004) 29–45.
But as soon as he dissociates himself from the action by, for instance, employing a past tense, he declares that the action is not here and now but elsewhere. As soon as an action is not the immediate account of what is going on before one’s eyes, that is, I/now/here deixis, there is no compulsion to tell a story in the sequence in which a putative onlooker would have perceived it, that is, in strictly chronological order. As for the audience, its vision of the events recounted by the poet is purely imaginary; however vivid these figments of their imagination may be, they are bound neither in space nor in time.
Alice Fantastic by Maggie Estep