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Why/Why Not (New California Poetry #8)

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Why/Why Not presents a speaker caught in quandaries created by changing perspectives, fervors, and locales. Why do we act one way here and another there; why can't a mind stay made up; why do we hate and love at the same time; why does memory fade or insist; why does the ordinary seem so uncanny? These questions are captured in lines that collide and merge, in irreverent a ...more
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Published April 30th 2003 by University of California Press (first published January 1st 2003)
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Kent
Mar 29, 2010 Kent rated it it was amazing
At about the second section of the book Ronk references the character Gertrude from Hamlet. Though I don't think this book should be limited to an extended personae-poem in her voice, Gertrude's posing the question "Why" or "Why not" poses an interesting juxtaposition to Hamlet's "To be or not to be." Especially as the question "Why not" can be equally weighted with hesitation and resignation, further complicating either side of the argument.

But what are these questions posed for? They could be
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May 08, 2010 Liam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Her phrasing can be difficult because she uses language in a modern, but fun way that gets you thinking.
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Re-reading really, for the shared tonal qualities of poems in sequence, per my thesis advisor's advice.
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