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The Necropastoral

4.6 of 5 stars 4.60  ·  rating details  ·  20 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Hardcover, First, 39 pages
Published 2011 by Spork
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Lisa M.
This was given to me as a gift last year, and I finally decided to pick it up. Joyelle McSweeney clearly knows how to handle language. Although the middle section of the book was difficult for me to understand at times, I was always fascinated by her ownership of rhythm and rhyme. There are some beautiful sounds in this book. McSweeney also has an expansive vocabulary, and knows how to use words wisely. Her word choice creates a luxurious, campy reading experience. The feeling of campiness is em ...more
“You thought you could Death / On your own terms Do,” writes Joyelle McSweeney in the course of The Necropastoral, a book dedicated to the uncontrolled nature of aesthetics, to art’s need for a "hematomic Arcadia", in which the doing of death is kept on its own terms, out of our hands, discordantly askew. To speak of an uncontrolled nature, of course - as though it were the true nature of nature to be so uncontrolled - is to risk negating the lack of control of which one speaks, nature in itself ...more
May 20, 2012 Joe added it
Shelves: poetry

How Art was a silver paper moulded to the ceiling
Where you cut your hair
For your rebirth as Fata Androgyana
The scissors-sister who slits where she goes-into
Cuts as she cuts--)

Yesterday I was at a Lydia Davis reading and the prose guy who was introducing her kept saying there was no precedent for her, that her voice was her own, blah-be-blah-be-blah. And as soon as she started reading, I thought "Russell Edson." And when prose guy asked her about what she read when she was young she s
david blumenshine
Good, not great, like the commandrine and red bird, but the most beautifully packaged. Spork is fantastic in that regard. Kinda scared to approach percussion grenade...
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