Making Love to the Minor Poets of Chicago

A Novel

James Conrad

Thomas Dunne Books

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The Yucca Mountain Project deep in the Nevada desert is the first planned long-term nuclear storage facility. The project is designed to contain nuclear waste for ten-thousand years, the amount of time it will take for the waste to no longer be radioactive. It is an ambitious project, especially in light of the fact that in this century alone we lacked the foresight to anticipate Y2K. Given this daunting responsibility, the project employs an artist, a botanist and an architect to contribute visual warnings to the site, in a manner decipherable to future generations.

Conrad imagines an influential poetry professor who insists that the project also include a poem, a great poem, an epic poem. It is this poem that brings us to the center of an extended circle of minor poets who are continually upstaging, back-stabbing and falling in and out of love with one another. Set against the vibrant backdrop of Chicago, this is a story of science and poetry, manipulation and intrigue, and the lengths to which people will go for their passions.

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THE CLIFF DWELLERS’ CLUB
The teacher-student relationship will forever remain just that: the one who knows and the one who learns. Though friendships and love affairs test these limits, they are truly tests; and the one who used to grade the papers, pass or fail the student, and bestow honors when so inclined will always settle back into that disposition, while the ex-student-turned-friend will always feel overcome with a sense of inadequacy and desire for approval. Usually such students will achieve a sense of equality, if not superiority, to their adolescent instructors, but, as

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James Conrad

James Conrad is a graphic designer who lives in Manhattan and Woodstock, New York. This is his first work of fiction. His poetry has appeared in such periodicals as James White Review, Fruit, and Allegheny Review.

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Making Love to the Minor Poets of Chicago
A Novel
James Conrad

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St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
March 2000
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ISBN: 9780312273729
ISBN10: 031227372X
496 pages
$7.99
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