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The Face: A Novella in Verse

3.48  ·  Rating Details  ·  54 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
A haunting and inventive book length sequence of poems from the distinguished author of Study for the World's Body.

The Face is both fiercely lyrical and intimately conversational. Coming to terms with the failure of a great love, the speaker descends into his own dark night of the soul. Here are poems that explore the drama of the shattered self in a variety of voices, cal
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Paperback, 80 pages
Published April 5th 2005 by Harper Perennial (first published 2004)
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Robert
Jul 23, 2015 Robert rated it liked it
The Face strikes me as more a short story than a novella, and I am not entirely sure why it is described as "in verse," except that the author normally writes poetry, and what he writes here --be it poetry or prose-- is vivid, graphic, hip, jarring, allusive, concentrated, and intense.

The story line goes something like this: a man reflects upon the mirror of his life (his face) broken in shards at his feet or traced by searchlights across the Hollywood sky after the premiere of a movie made of h
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Karli
Mar 15, 2008 Karli rated it it was amazing
Many of David's individual poems resonate with me, but this whole collection blew me away. The images continually rise up in my own work, as I move between reality and the facade of reality.
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Oct 25, 2011 Black Elephants rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
After reading some conventional rhyme-scheme poetry, I ran off to read some David St. John to recover from the experience. This is poetry. This is wonderful, moving, heady, tangled, spontaneous, ridiculous, bottomless poetry.

I think the difference between the conventional poetry and The Face is that I feel like I'm looking at a scene, remembering a memory, contemplating a philosophy through David St. John. Not so with the other poet; I felt like I was being moralized to from a distance. He was t
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Mary
Feb 12, 2015 Mary rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
I only began to realize near the end how delicately and gorgeously crafted this little "Novella in Verse" really was...It crept up on me slowly. St. John's writing is lush, immaculate, dazzling!!
Emmet
Nov 17, 2013 Emmet rated it it was ok
The poems themselves were, for the most part, okay. A few were even good. However, I was most disappointed because this was not, really, a novella in verse. I was looking forward to something really good and unusual; instead, what I read was more of the same old, same old, with a few of the poems more closely linked than normal. I was hoping this would be, at least in feel, something similar to Basho. Such a disappointment.
Steven Withrow
Apr 16, 2011 Steven Withrow rated it liked it
Impressive, but not really my cup of tea (at the moment) from a content perspective. From a formal perspective, I guess I look for more "verse" in my verse novels.
Emily
Dec 15, 2015 Emily rated it liked it
Much of it was hard to get into, but definitely worth the read for poems XXVII, XXX, and XXXVIII.
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