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The External Combustion Engine

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  15 Ratings  ·  2 Reviews
Poetry. "Michael Ives's cunningly quarried prose plinths are stippled with the comedy and cruelty of Marcel Duchamp's and Raymond Roussel's wildest inventions. Move over, machines celibataires THE EXTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE has arrived, and it's hummin'!" John Ashbery. "These narratives are intensely, wildly logical, sensual, humorous, transgressive catapults into the part ...more
Paperback, 125 pages
Published May 1st 2005 by Futurepoem (first published 2005)
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Oct 23, 2007 Alex rated it it was ok
In many ways, "The External Combustion Engine" was like "Bird and Forest," which I read earlier in the year. A tasteful package containing pretension within. And yes, there was plenty of it in this collection of short pieces. Why I give this two stars, however, and furthermore, plan to keep it to re-read, is what sets it apart.

Sure, there's a lot of very difficult work in here... difficult to be difficult, to put on intellectual airs... but there is much beauty, much to provoke thought, to chuck
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Jun 28, 2012 Laura J. W. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, short-stories
I have finally set this one aside after reading through it very slowly. What a nifty book and pleasantly odd...I liked it quite well, it was fun to trip over this little book in my reading travels looking for something new and different to read (and I like little books to read in between the big ones.) But this little book is about big things! I picked it up on a whim not making the connection that Michael was a quiet boy I once knew in school, when I thought about it, I wasn't sure if it was po ...more
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