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Smart and Final Iris Summary

"Smart and Final Iris" appears in James Tate's collection Reckoner, published in 1986, and is reprinted in his Selected Poems (1991). Though known primarily for his playful, often hallucinatory lyrics in which his speakers stumble about in a world of bizarre characters and events, Tate addresses socio-political subjects in his poems as well, highlighting the ways in which reality is often more absurd and dreamlike than dreams. "Land of Little Sticks, 1945," for example, the opening poem...

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