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A Knot Is Not a Tangle
by Benjamin Friedlander (Goodreads Author)
Poetry. "Did someone say 'The Runes of Western Civilization'? All the great heresies are here: poignant rhymes, literate feints and graceless parries, the bogus and the beautiful, elliptical, epochal and incidental, and even a poem held to a refrigerator by a Goofy magnet by Carla. The filibuster of philosophical flourishes edited by Kimberly Filbee's philiate (filial) ...more
Paperback, 122 pages
Published July 1st 2000 by Krupskaya
(first published 1997)
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This often absolutely incredible work really deserves a five and a two-and-a-half. I so love the 75% or so I love, and the other 25% or so represents, to me, such a well-executed exemplary collection of what I don't like about intentionally "tasteless" writing (which, incidentally, is not its "tastelessness"). I'll be back with more upon a second reading, one of many with which I plan to reward myself. Yeah, read it. What's good here is what contemporary poetry desperately needs more of.
I'm a poet, critic, and editor, and make my living teaching American Studies and Poetics at the University of Maine. I'm also a dabbler in translation, from German (with a dictionary, making a lot of errors) and Italian (with my wife, who is a native speaker).More about Benjamin Friedlander...