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Poetry. TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT, the first perfect-bound edition of this exciting Bay Area poet's work, features 48 poems titled TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT. In the Author's Note, Meng explains that the poems inside "began as an experiment in repetition after reading biographies of both Neil Young and Glenn Gould." "In this poem, the camera spectates on what to do with a darkness/ so ...more
Paperback, 69 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Apostrophe Books
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Steven
Apr 10, 2008 Steven rated it it was amazing
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I first read about this book via a review on Octopus.

http://www.octopusmagazine.com/issue0...

The beginning of the review isn't one of my favorites (the whole church imagery seemed a tedious long way into the review + the use of lodestones) yet its sheer obsessive-ness is a testimony to the book. This book is obsessive. I should have been reading other books- I am behind on reviewing two books already! I had just planned on reading the first poem when the book arrived in the mail and guess what?
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Patrick Duggan
Jul 12, 2007 Patrick Duggan rated it it was amazing
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Meng’s poetry is a work of research and collage, originality and history. A biography committed to music, and then back to the page. On the surface, her work seems to exist as fugue, imitative counterpoint, but a deeper meaning and music emerges as the line, breath, and constant refrain of "Tonight’s The Night” carry the movement forward into a place of grand collision.

Meng uses repetition as hook and line, as a bar and scale for language. Bach appears at first seemingly as himself, but soon be
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Mike Lindgren
May 05, 2010 Mike Lindgren rated it really liked it
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A surreal, deeply allusive, and challenging set of modernist verse from a young Californian poet via new experimental press Apostrophe. Meng lives and writes from an appealing if strange universe where Glenn Gould and Neil Young argue about aesthetic theory while J. S. Bach frets and sinister geese menace passerby. Not for the intellectually lazy, but fun in its way.
Matt Walker
Mar 10, 2009 Matt Walker marked it as to-read
This will be the first book I buy when I resume buying books (June 1).
Kit
Apr 25, 2015 Kit rated it really liked it
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All of the poems in this collection are named after the same Neil Young record. That's certainly one way to arrest my attention, and the insistence of that refrain, along with some allusions to lyrics from that record ("as real as the day is long"), becomes powerful. Many poems rely on surreal or synaesthetic imagery that turns out to be fresher and more interesting than one might imagine, though that perhaps isn't saying much. Other repetitions with variation of words and tropes seem related to ...more
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