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Circles Where the Head Should Be

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Winner of the Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry, 2010.

The poems in Circles Where the Head Should Be are full of objects and oddities, bits of news, epic catalogues, and a cast of characters hoping to make sense of it all. Underneath the often whimsical surface, however, lies a search for those connections we long for but so often miss, and a wish for art to bridge the gaps.
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Paperback, 80 pages
Published February 8th 2011 by University of North Texas Press
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James
May 13, 2011 James rated it it was amazing
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Caki is my friend, so I'm biased. But I do think these poems are objectively really really good: funny and distinctive and innovative. She does things with prosody I've never seen before, e.g. placing the peace and love symbols together in a parenthetical to create a spondee, or making a heroic couplet out of an invented word's definition: "logosasphyxiation (n): the act / of drowning in the sense one sought, but lacked." These are just tiny examples, but they come in poems that are varied and a ...more
David
Oct 24, 2014 David rated it really liked it
I find most books of poetry to be inconsistent. Very rarely do I connect with the majority of the poems in a collection. And I doubt that anyone ever connects with every poem in a collection. SO with that being said I'm not going to lie and say I loved every poem in this collection because when the missed boy dig they miss with me. But when they hit they sure did hit. I'll be sure to keep an eye on Caki Wilkinson.
Christopher J Sparks
Aug 12, 2015 Christopher J Sparks rated it it was amazing
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I love Wilkinson's mix of sharp wit and timeless observations of normal, small town life. The author has a strong 2 statement form and often kills it with the last line. I especially liked Girl Under Bug Zapper, Involution, Felix Culpa and Dead Matter.
Karen
Jun 09, 2011 Karen rated it really liked it
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A fun book (although I have to note here that several of the poems have serious undertones) of poetic form and invented poetic form. Caki Wilkinson is a poet to watch!
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