The paranoid bride and the tiger-striped priest

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Nancy Westbrook (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Fred Chappell

Abstract: Because of the experimental and surrealistic nature of these poems, it is crucial to the reader's understanding that the two main characters be explicitly identified. They are: The Tiger-Striped Priest, commonly referred to as Ace. Ace is a muscular, earthy twenty-five pound tomcat. A cat-of-the-world, he has orange and white stripes and thick protruding jowls. His white whiskers spring upon the matter at hand with all the delicacy of a Sherman tank. The Paranoid Bride, sometimes presented as the narrator of the poems. The bride is a sliver of night rain. She is a magnetic recluse who pretends not to notice that people stare at her eyes. Her eyes are deep-sea dark and glimmer with the illumination of strange sea creatures that never rise to the surface. Both the Paranoid Bride and the Tiger-Striped Priest are a reflection of two different but interlocking forms of knowledge. The bride is representative of lunar knowledge, the knowledge of the subconscious mind. Ace is representative of solar knowledge, the knowledge of the conscious mind.

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Language: English
Date: 1974

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