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How Like Foreign Objects

4.61 of 5 stars 4.61  ·  rating details  ·  23 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Alexis Orgera's poems perpetually, vitally involve the reconceiveing and reenacting of the means of intimacy even as they say again and again, I can no longer be myself. These are love poems between strangers who may for a moment celebrate and endure recognition; their voice is arch, angelic and at odds with itself, mercurial in its metaphoric riches, captivating in improv ...more
Paperback, 118 pages
Published March 7th 2011 by H_ngm_n Books
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Nov 13, 2011 Anne rated it 4 of 5 stars
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I found myself completely enamored with this book--Orgera seamlessly shifts between the colloquial to the surreal, and her poems take fascinating imaginative leaps. Every poem feels like a roller coaster as we plunge down and shoot upwards between her various talents and her fluid imagination. And despite the strange surprises in her images, the poems resonate with a strong sense of realness, of humanity.
I find this collection fascinating. On the surface, it just isn't the type of poetry that I would typically fall in love with - it's more experimental than narrative, more ephemeral than confessional. In short, it is a collection of poetry that I probably would not recommend to myself.

And I would be completely wrong to ignore it. Orgera continually drew me in with these fantastically written poems. I'm not sure that I could really begin to explain their power, but this collection is absolutely w
"Alexis Orgera broke up with me. She did it in a book. The book was how like foreign objects. One minute we were dating and so intertwined and then I became a pit in her stomach and near the end we were banished from one another, Orgera tearing the relationship out of me like a hot knife..." Read the full review at PANK:
James Grinwis
these are some of the most amazing poems I've read in a long, long time.

They really move and there is an undercurrent of what makes a poem alive in our language, and it happens every time. She is basically a sharpshooter firing her pain into organs that are more distinct and entirely waiting to be hit.

Whatever that means…. Its a great book. Great Press, hot book.

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