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Music and Suicide: Poems

3.37 of 5 stars 3.37  ·  rating details  ·  62 ratings  ·  4 reviews
The long-awaited second full-length collection from one of our most exciting poets.

Imagine if you will a pageant on a hill
and picture if you can a boy
designed to be impaled upon a stilt
and bleed for a panelist's joy

Jeff Clark's first collection, The Little Door Slides Back, was hailed as an unclassifiable classic in underground American writing: "A shadow world, seen by a
Paperback, 80 pages
Published March 2nd 2005 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published 2004)
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More like 4.5 stars, but there is no half star option...a worthy collection of well-crafted pieces that are rhythmic and melodic. Terrific prose-poems, esp. Shiva-Hive, Clark's lyric essay, which is so wise and manic it deserves to be anthologized indefinitely. Excellent line from the poem Dilator: What I was lacking you brought back/I was building a clean, strong structure/and it cracked.

One or two pieces pale next to the bravado and slap of the others, but they are few and far between (and eve
Not a fan of this collection at all.

The only thing that kept it from getting one star is that I did like two of the poems in the first section of the book. Otherwise, I felt like I just didn't "get it" through many of the pieces and others just felt like a word jumble with no real point.

To be fair, it is not the style of poetry that I typically like...
Awful. Awful. But I hear his first book, The Little Door Slides Back, is much better. And he does some might fine book designs.
Read "A Chocolate and a Mantis," "Cama," "Farewell Antithesis."
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