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Murder (a violet)

4.41  ·  Rating Details ·  22 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
“Mysterious and enticing, Murder (A Violet) is a brilliant narrative. This serial poem provides room for the reader to enter and participate in the game played by its textual agents—the assassin, the abbess, the janissaries, the vines, the trees. Flashes of action, some of them quite violent and noir alternate with evocative, lyrical passages reminiscent of Japanese landsc ...more
Paperback, 70 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by Coffee House Press
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SooYoung
Jun 10, 2007 SooYoung rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people who like their poems dense
This is some amazing contemporary poetry. I managed to get through it (with some understanding) by reading it as a "choose your own adventure" type book. See how the story, characters, change when reading the poems in a different order. Start in the middle or the end and flip to different poems to create your own story of murder, guilt, repentence, judgement, acceptance.
Full of evocative imagery and an appreciation for the words themselves as syllables and sounds, and what they create. Some poe
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Aug 20, 2007 Matthew Hittinger rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, friends
Okay, so the date is early because I read a draft of the manuscript the year it won the NPS. Come to think of it, Ray had an idea for a limited edition box where the poems would be indivdiually printed on cards and read in whatever order you wanted...I wonder whatever came of that?
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Aug 15, 2016 Jenna K. rated it liked it
There are some fantastic lines in here: "afraid that to love animals was to not know her own teeth", and I'm sure there's a brilliant narrative present. Simply not a taste for my tongue.
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