Poetry. ONE CLASS collects Norman MacAfee's major poems written between 1965 and 2008. MacAfee is a translator of Pier Paolo Pasolini's poems, and Victor Hugo's Les Miserables. These are ecstatic, serious and often funny poems about war and peace, sexual liberation, utopias and murderous class divisions--national collapse, Orwellian maladies, surreal comic tics that are screenplay, opera and celebration. This volume features several epic rants that approach libretto, including the touching "I Am Astro Place" which chronicles New York culture and concerns, 1984-2001. Bob Holman calls ONE CLASS "real, unwavering, it's art in the classical sense that gets dirty as life is."