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Gerry LaFemina

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Gerry LaFemina believes poetry is the highest art form; believes everyone should rock out with a guitar at least once--even if they can't play; believes teaching is a calling; believes the New York City subways are beautiful (even if they smell badly); believes in love, bigfoot and other mythic creatures; believes in the power of a good meal, a good night's sleep, good wine, etc; believes laughter is a type of prayer....

A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, LaFemina holds an MFA in Poetry from Western Michigan University as well as an MA in Literature with an emphasis on Twentieth-century Literature from WMU. He has taught at Nazareth College, Kirtland Community College, West Virginia University, Wheeling Jesuit University and Sarah Lawrenc
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Average rating: 4.38 · 104 ratings · 11 reviews · 22 distinct works · Similar authors
Shattered Hours

4.45 avg rating — 11 ratings — published 1997
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The Window Facing Winter

really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 9 ratings — published 2004
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Wish List

4.86 avg rating — 7 ratings — published 2009
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Zarathustra in Love

4.13 avg rating — 8 ratings — published 2001
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Notes for the Novice Ventri...

3.88 avg rating — 8 ratings — published 2013
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Little Heretic

it was amazing 5.00 avg rating — 6 ratings — published 2014
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The Book Of Clown Baby / Fi...

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Graffiti Heart

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Evensong: Contemporary Amer...

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Vanishing Horizon

4.67 avg rating — 6 ratings — published 2011
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'77 Sulphate Strip by Barry Cain
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Barry Cain's book is a fascinating look at the articles he wrote in 1977 covering the nascent London punk scene, along with current day commentary and contemporary interviews with some of the scene makers he covered back in the day. What astounds me ...more
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Termination Dust by Susanna Mishler
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Susanna Mishler's poems are haunting in their intelligence and their lyric intensity. She makes great leaps of linguistic, cognitive, imagistic, and emotional intersections that often seem playful but more often than not bridge the distance between s ...more
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Mad Flights by Robert Lunday
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There's a lot to praise about Robert Lunday's Mad Flights: it's got some wild moments of imagination, a real pleayfullness of imagery, and a strong (perhaps too strong) a grounding in narrative. Unfortunately, the poems kind of blur together insofar ...more
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Then, A Thousand Crows by Keith Ratzlaff
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Ratzlaff has written many poems I like, several of them in this book. He aso takes numerous risks with syntax, with sense, some of which pay off, and some of which don't (his catalog poems in Then, A Thousand Crows, particularly feel forced). When he ...more
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Words for Dr. Y by Anne Sexton
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Sexton's uncollected poems remind us both of her genius (her rhymes, her capacity to take us to the brink of melodrama without careening over the edge, her image making abilities) and her discernment. These poems are good AND uncollected. The three p ...more
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Why Don't We Say What We Mean? by Lawrence Raab
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Raab's essays on poetry are both smart and insightful, sometimes funny, willed with terrific examplesfrom work he admires and his own writings, and are willing to be self-deprecating when appropriate. There are lots of good insghts into poetry among ...more
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There Are Things We Live Among by Jennifer Moxley
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Although Moxley's writing is interesting enough, these short essays that function as an extended meditation on the human relationship to the objects of the world didn't engage me. It wasn't the prose, or the wonderful variety of literary and other ar ...more
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Alma Venus by Pere Gimferrer
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This book-length sequence of poems by Catalan/Spanish poet Gimferrer is remarkable for its range of allusions and emotional landscapes. I imagine translating this book has to be a bear, but Adrian West has given each word careful attention, and the r ...more
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25x33 Contemporary American Poetry — 63 members — last activity Jul 11, 2016 01:15AM
A group for those who are reading and writing contemporary American poetry. Feel free to talk about what you're reading, why we should or shouldn't re ...more
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...August 18, 2013 to September 17, 2013... I'm happy to talk about my new collection of prose poems, Notes for the Novice Ventriloquist, the prose po ...more
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Gerry LaFemina talks about Clamor, his debut novel about Jonny Malice, 39 year old punk singer, who comes home to the family he's been estranged from ...more



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