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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: 4.18 · 62 ratings · 10 reviews · 19 distinct works · Similar authors
Shattered Hours
4.43 of 5 stars 4.43 avg rating — 7 ratings — published 1997
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Notes for the Novice Ventri...
3.57 of 5 stars 3.57 avg rating — 7 ratings — published 2013
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Zarathustra in Love
4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 6 ratings — published 2001
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Graffiti Heart
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Little Heretic
5.0 of 5 stars 5.00 avg rating — 4 ratings — published 2014
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The Book Of Clown Baby / Fi...
4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 5 ratings — published 2007
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Evensong: Contemporary Amer...
4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 5 ratings — published 2006
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Vanishing Horizon
4.75 of 5 stars 4.75 avg rating — 4 ratings — published 2011
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The Window Facing Winter
3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 5 ratings — published 2004
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Wish List
4.67 of 5 stars 4.67 avg rating — 3 ratings — published 2009
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The Road by Cormac McCarthy
The Road
by Cormac McCarthy
read in November, 2014
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Simultaneously lush and spare, this morally ambiguous dystopian novel gives a poetic glance at the pilgrimage of a father and son as they try to maintain what makes them "the good guys" after the apocalypse.
Dance Dance Dance by Haruki Murakami
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Sometimes I think I like Murakami more as a short story writer, but this novel's magical realism, its smart prose, its surprising plot twists remind me that he's equally compelling as a novelist. Haunting.
Clotel by William Wells Brown
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Don't Go Back to Sleep by Timothy Liu
Don't Go Back to Sleep
by Timothy Liu
read in November, 2014
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Liu writes about death and sex and the nexus of the two in ways that fins the sacred in the profane, the redemption in loss. These terrific poems show him at the height of his lyric prowess.
Body Thesaurus by Jennifer Militello
Body Thesaurus
by Jennifer Militello
read in November, 2014
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This is a book of powerful lyric poems, somewhat discursive (at times, too discursive) but delightfully wrought for their musical prowess, their formal ingenuity, and their imagistic imagination. Militello's poems eschew narrative but not context, di ...more
Singing School by Robert Pinsky
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Pinsky's choices for poems are surprising, and his ability to talk about these poems (and his love for them) is impressive. Here is someone trying to step away from the neo-formalist/free-verse debate, and someone not bemoaning the rise of MFA progra ...more
Gerry LaFemina voted for Little Heretic as Best Poetry in the Opening Round of the 2014 Goodreads Choice Awards.
Little Heretic by Gerry LaFemina
Stories and Prose Poems by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
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The two novellas in this book are a tour d'force, and the stories and prose poems (many of which read more like short-shorts) are quite strong, though not as striking. Solzhenitsyn's mix of politics, psychology, and prose style (despite the translati ...more
The Emerald Light in the Air by Donald Antrim
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There are times, reading these stories of people broken by despair, by loss,by their own choices, that I think Antrim's writing is spot on, but at other times I feel he's trying too hard to be cool in a particularly clever kind of way, a tone that's ...more
A Thousand Doors by Matt Pasca
A Thousand Doors
by Matt Pasca (Goodreads Author)
read in October, 2014
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Matt Pasca's book feels like a lot of first books of poems--too much sentiment, not enough craft. Even the best poems feel one or two drafts away from being great, and like a lot of first books, it comes off as too long, too heavy. There are lines I ...more
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25x33 Contemporary American Poetry — 59 members — last activity Apr 30, 2013 11:46AM
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
111418 Ask Gerry LaFemina — 14 members — last activity Aug 20, 2013 01:43PM
...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
120746 Ask Gerry LaFemina — 12 members — last activity Dec 12, 2013 11:12AM
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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