by Nada Gordon
Poetry. "It would be folly to praise this book and folly not to. Nada Gordon is on her way to inventing a new type of poetry in which Pre-Raphaelitism meets Zeppo Marx while doing the hokey pokey to a fox trot beat. Wit and lyric exuberance are a means to an end that refuses to name itself. Trips, trespass, and trepidation rule this universe of hopeful play and endearing i...more
Paperback, 121 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Roof Books
(first published January 2007)
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Gordon’s Folly is the premise (and promise) that poetry can actually be about anything—everything—all the time. The opening “List of Characters” puts Pluto, Marduk, and Ann-Margaret cheek by jowl with Allah, Rasputin, and W.D. Snodgrass, and the tent grows only bigger from there. The result is a poetics of tickle, stretch, and boom, a “Viagric Importuning” of language to never, please never, just say no: “The time warp blabbed over the mazurka causing moshing.”
Nada Gordon slays it with this merry manic lyrical ludic collection. You simply must read it, if only for lines like "...When expectation is broken, we see the / little sparks that remind us we are alive. Sometimes the little sparks are / pure acid that eats through decorum." and "Say to the one who provokes you: / 'It's the time to disco!'" Cannot reccommend highly enough.