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My Monster, Myself
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Sondra Guttman
The Urbanite

With sly rhymes and sudden insights, the poems in The Trials of Edgar Poe and Other Poems weave stories of heroes and monsters into the author's complicated biography—to surprising effect. Ned Balbo, who teaches in Loyola University's writing department, won the 2010 Donald Justice Poetry Prize for this collection, which draws on history and pop culture from Poe to Vertigo to stage variations on his family drama....Balbo gives an original twist to the stories of familiar figures, revealing the surprisingly transformative potential of pain and loss.