By James Tate
The forty four tales of Dreams of a robotic Dancing Bee—long-awaited by means of lovers of Tate’s poetry—will come as a welcome shock to readers unexpected along with his earlier paintings. Tate turns out either awed and bemused through small city existence, with its legends, flights of fancy, heightened feelings, tragedies and small ruptures within the textile of standard existence.
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