The Lichtenberg Figures
The Lichtenberg Figures, winner of the Hayden Carruth Award, is an unconventional sonnet sequence that interrogates the relationship between language and memory, violence and form. “Lichtenberg figures” are fern-like electrical patterns that can appear on (and quickly fade from) the bodies of people struck by lightning.
Throughout this playful and elegiac debut—with its f
This set of poems is described as 52 "sonnets," although they aren't so...more
You can't blame me, though, when an actual stanza from the...more
"We had thought that by arranging words at random
we could avoid ideology. We were right.
Then we were terribly wrong. Such is the nature of California."
That's funny right? The poems handle meta-poetics in a really smart, accessible way. A surprisingly quick read.
If you want this type of material, turn to Das Racist. They do it so much better, and at least you can dance to it.
Pretty close to just giving up on contemporary poetry. It's all this masturbatory bullshit where the author is just trying to convince you how smart he is instead of elevating or picki...more
telling you what you should
and should not think—
obvious epiphanies and oddball
normalcies treading cultural water
tossing out the baby with the bath
tub gin grin who
is keeping count? who
counts the counters or the countings?
this is not a review.