Selected Poems by E. E. Cummings - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780871401540
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Published: Liveright - August 17th, 2007

My introduction to Cummings’ signature style was the poem “r-p-o-p-h-e-s-s-a-g-r,” a rearrangement of the letters in the word “grasshopper,” and if you look for it, you can actually see the shape of a grasshopper in the arrangement of the words and letters jumping across the page. Cummings was a master of form subversion, fracturing and scattering what should be together and marrying what traditionally should not; some of his poems are as simple as a leaf falling, some as confounding as the inner workings of an engine. This collection is a perfect introduction to his greatest works. ~ Reviewed by Joe Michon-Huneau

The Future by Neil Hilborn - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781943735310
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Published: Button Poetry - April 3rd, 2018

Hilborn has lived and is living his subject matter. He “gets it” and wants to share that with you. He is a fantastic writer, poet and story teller. “The worst thing about being naked and then being hit by a car is that road rash is a problem for skin.” (You think, Neil?) He knows how to spin and twist and turn each poem. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

Bound by Claire Schwartz - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781943735280
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Published: Button Poetry - January 30th, 2018

Schwartz portrays sexuality, love, life, religion and politics in beautiful language to the eye and minds ear. Bound is not a book that you can sit and read in one sitting. Or if you do, you should go back for multiple readings. She says a lot in short, sometimes very unique poems. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

Helium by Rudy Francisco - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781943735198
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Published: Button Poetry - November 28th, 2017

It has been said that Francisco has “defined poetry for a generation of new readers.” And he does have a modern take with his poetry about love, race, living and even his depression. He is easy to read but packs a punch with his great tidbits of relatable poems. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

The Flame: Poems Notebooks Lyrics Drawings by Leonard Cohen - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780374156060
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 2nd, 2018

This collection is sure to satisfy fans as well as draw intrigue from outsiders who may only be familiar with Cohen's name, and although the lyrics collected here are familiar and easy to catch in your head it is indeed the material from his notebooks that are the real main attraction. There's an intimacy in these verses that one generally finds only in the secrecy of journals or diaries where one anticipates the author's heart and soul inked in blood on every page, which absolutely rings true here. After reading this book I feel quite close to a man I've never actually met, and never will. If this is one of the main attempts of art then Mr. Cohen has achieved it here, even if unintentionally. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell


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