Poetry

Autobiography of Red: A Novel in Verse by Anne Carson - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780375701290
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Published: Vintage - July 27th, 1999

A most unusual "autobiography" begun at age five by the red, winged Geryon. He records with words and his camera his abusive brother, elusive lover, and conducive travels with a fixation on volcanoes and an endpoint in Peru, where Geryon's mythological life may simultaneously hold, and erupt. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Autobiography of Red: A Novel in Verse by Anne Carson - Book Review

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Published: Vintage - July 27th, 1999

Carson transposes Geryon, the winged, red monster from Greek myth into the modern world, where he is a depressed, artsy, gay teenage boy. In the myth, Herakles is Geryon's murderer. In Carson's story, Herakles is Geryon's lover. In a modern setting where myth collides with hockey practice, television, babysitters, and love triangles, Carson creates a haunting effect. Geryon is a boy like any other boy, a monster like any other monster, contemplating his boyness, his monsterness. ~ Reviewed by Hanna Yost


Helium by Rudy Francisco - Book Review

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

Francisco grounds his poems in alienation, estrangement, racism, and loneliness. Yet, they are not heavy. With insight and intelligence, through imagination and imagery, Francisco assesses difficulties, proposes remedies, and recognizes our elemental ability, and desire, to rise. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Our Numbered Days by Neil Hilborn - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780989641562
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Published: Button Poetry - April 1st, 2015

Dealing with love, loss, death, mental illness and so much more, Hilborn creates a raw, honest, dark, humorous, blunt collection of poems that are accessible to almost everyone but are not for everyone. His use of language can physically make you laugh, cry and be ill all at once. His swears, does not hold back and punches you hard. He shows you his soul, journey and literal madness. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Nothing Is Okay by Rachel Wiley - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781943735303
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Published: Button Poetry - March 20th, 2018

Wiley does not hold back. She punches you in the eye with each and every poem. Sometimes twice, just to make sure you are paying attention. Sometimes she can be intensely feminist and militant in her thoughts, words and phrasing. Most of what she says, however, can be relatable to almost anyone. She might not have "across the board" appeal, but she does have appeal. Mostly she deals with being a "fat girl" who has learned to love herself despite having to fit for it. Her second main theme is feminism. Other themes include love, loss and her being a biracial, lesbian woman. And there is so much more. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781555976903
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Published: Graywolf Press - October 7th, 2014

Visually stunning, innovative, and form-bending, Citizen illuminates many of the more difficult to discern ways in which racism thrives in America today. Rankine blends prose poems with visual images to create a one-of-a-kind book that is as compelling to read as its subject matter is serious. This is not one to ignore. ~ Reviewed by Josh Cohen-Peyton


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