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Because the Brain Can Be Talked Into Anything: Poems

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In selecting this dazzling first collection of poems as winner of the 1994 Walt Whitman Award, Robert Pinsky praised Jan Richman for the "rowdy, restless intelligence" of her work. Indeed, all of the poems in Because the Brain Can Be Talked Into Anything are the result of a compulsive, unflinching inquisitiveness - a desire to make some sense of modern life by scrutinizing ...more
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published February 1st 1995 by Lsu Press
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Sarah
Sep 13, 2013 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: readers of Lydia Davis
These are perfect. Perfect choke hold poems. I like that I can still find poetry that makes me want to go do things I will regret.

- We wear our clothes like bridges, / being mostly water.

- Religion is like that - just when you think you've / made a perfect prayer, the weather sweeps your house / up and your car and gives you instead orange trees.

- But now, notice your torso in flames. / The sunrise from the east rises at your thighs and cuts / the eyes from your face. Your legs lie like shadows
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Feb 17, 2009 Kasandra rated it it was ok
With a blurb from Robert Pinsky, judge of the '94 Walt Whitman Award (Ms. Richman won), I figured I'd like these. Well, 3 of them spoke to me (History; Rockabye; Cancer, My Mother's Face), but mostly they seemed distanced from the audience, so "hip" and angry and angled that I felt put off instead of invited to read. They are crafted well, and lots of language play ensues, which I enjoyed, but the poems themselves were too frequently disjointed, and though often surprising as a result, they just ...more
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Jan Richman’s collection of poems, Because the Brain Can Be Talked Into Anything, won the 1994 Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets (judged by Robert Pinsky), and was published by Louisiana State University Press. She has received an NEA Grant in Literature, a Nation/Discovery Award from the Nation magazine, the Celia B. Wagner Award from the Poetry Society of America, a Felix ...more
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