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Shoo-Ins to Ruin
by Evan Kennedy
Poetry. "SHOO-INS TO RUIN is actually five essential experiments in one volume. Our language is put to work in a variety of ways. It is fossilized and piled up, or it dashes ahead driven by romance as in the Knight Scenes, 'a lasting indentation on the air' where the poet assumes the form of a crusader talking to himself, passing through an epic, ever changing landscape. E ...more
Paperback, 78 pages
Published July 30th 2011 by Gold Wake Press
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Shoo-Ins to Ruin (SI2R) is an often-delightful mixtape of poetic experiments (also, a book of odes to David Bowie, I think, which is awesome), both formal and thematic, some of which are more scrutable and therefore more successful than others. The book's moments of pure New York-energized X-tray vision into the lives of the megalopolis' manic inhabitants are revealing and inspiring, as are the anatomic/epic vignettes "Knight Scenes," which seem to ask lovely questions about our various mutable ...more