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      Shortlisted, Gerald Lampert Memorial AwardEmergencies, faith, truancy, and poverty intersect in this wry debut that volunteers a transfusion of the unpredictable for those who yearn to transition beyond a muralized Olive Garden world. Stevie Howell's [Sharps] takes its cue from an Egyptian hieroglyph used interchangeably to represent'waters,'the letter N, and all prepositions within a sentence. Similarly, [Sharps] alters its structure and functionality from page to page. The Queen launches an advertising campaign to procure our envy. The last unicorn crochets a sweater out of the sisal cords of the books. The falsity of Billy Joel's New York propaganda is grounds for libel. We discover the one thing you can do'With a sawed-off rifle, a low IQ, and curiosity/about human biology.'From certain angles, [Sharps] embraces the possibilities of poetry — from others, it engages in a protracted street fight with language.
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