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Slanky: Poems

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  176 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Cult poet and musician Mike Doughty makes his print debut with Slanky, a black-comic stroll through the demimondes of pop culture and modern urban life. Doughty’s poems are at once absurdist and matter-of-fact; the images he conjures are thrown into high relief through cutting wordplay. In a series of prose poems about showbiz, he reimagines Cookie Monster as a burned-out ...more
Paperback, 150 pages
Published August 9th 2002 by Soft Skull Press
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James Jardine
May 29, 2008 James Jardine rated it liked it
"Cult poet and musician"?
Doughty has more fun with words in song and poetry than should be allowed. One of the greatest living lyricists: "Bulletproof glass in the KFC, keep the man safe in his paper hat, keep the wrong hands off the buscuit fortune."
Doughty is more bacon than the pan can handle.
Unbelievably awesome.
Aug 30, 2007 Jeremy rated it liked it
Much of it feels to me like consonance for consonance's sake, but Doughty can certainly zap you with a good line when he's of a mind to, though picturing him leaning back on his modest but stylish couch, beaming with satisfaction and nasally intoning "wow, cute chicks with cool eyewear are totally gonna write that on their backpacks" while idly swirling the remnants of his espresso doesn't exactly NOT make me wanna run out and burn every copy I can get my hands on. On the flip side, what lazy wh ...more
Brian Emershaw
Mar 23, 2014 Brian Emershaw rated it really liked it
I felt like I was almost able to hear the music behind some of these. I certainly liked it, but wouldn't likely recommend it to anyone who wasn't already a fan of his music.

Some favorites:
- Rootless
- The Boy is a Fraud
- Bedspins
Nov 16, 2008 Mike rated it really liked it
Doughty's poetry is urban, gritty and intriguing. If you like his lyrics you will like his poetry.
Jul 08, 2008 Shane rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2008
Poetry makes great bathroom reading. In case you didn't know Doughty is/was the lead singer for the band Soul Coughing. They had some really creative music/lyrics (think Cake) and so I figured this would be interesting. It was much more comprehensible than Serg Tankian's poetry but still didn't blow me away. There's the occasionally cool turn of phrase or piece of imagery but nothing very memorable. As I said with Serg's book (though differently), I understand how much this poetry is part of the ...more
Dec 17, 2007 Chelsea rated it liked it
Shelves: own, poetry, collections, 2007
I bought it because I love Mike Doughty's music, and I have to say that his music is better than his poetry. The man can write a lyric like no one's business, so I had very high hopes for this collection. There's some lovely and moving stuff in here, but I think the rest was just too "deep" for me. Sorry, Doughty.

Everyone should go check out his music, though!
Apr 13, 2009 James rated it it was ok
A few shining moments excepted, Doughty's written poetry pales beside his more interesting song lyrics. Some of the more extended prose pieces and word experiments are actually somewhat embarrassing.
Oct 04, 2011 Paul rated it liked it
I love his music, so of course I bought this book when he first published it. It's good, but not great. Interesting, amusing thoughts, but nothing spectacular.
Jen Bacher
Jul 27, 2008 Jen Bacher rated it really liked it
i recently reread a few of my favorite pieces from this and remembered how much i fucking love mike doughty's writing.
Jan 28, 2011 David rated it really liked it
I think most folks who read Slanky are probably familiar with the general aesthetic sense of the work of Mike Doughty. That said, Slanky is Mike Doughty through and through.
Jun 01, 2012 Bryan rated it really liked it
M.Doughty is a genius with the written word. I love this collection. Follow him on Twitter, he is very prolific and really good
Feb 10, 2008 Craig rated it liked it
I'd like to give this one 4 stars because of a few amazing pieces in here...

But I have to say that I prefer his song lyrics to what is printed here, for the most part.
Greg Doll
Jan 17, 2015 Greg Doll rated it liked it
"The phone yelp angrily from under a bus,
and she lays splayed like an asterisk
in the dreary sentence of Fourteenth Street."
Chris Meger
Jun 02, 2008 Chris Meger rated it liked it
Funny and charming. Maybe a tiny bit self-indulgent, but you can't dispute the man has an ear for the musiciality of everyday language. It makes me want more.
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