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Book, or laboratory? Reader, or specimen?

Wide slumber for lepidopterists is a poetic fantasia, a disorienting yet compelling dreamscape of butterflies and caterpillars and killing jars, where the waking mind’s prose transforms into the sleeper’s poetry. Each poem unfolds with precision, tracking the stages of sleep and pairing them with the life cycle of Lepidopterae. Inso
Paperback, 88 pages
Published April 19th 2006 by Coach House Books
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I picked up this book because it is beautiful. Put it in my hands. Marveled at the people who made it. The book’s dimensions are half a book, half the winged body on the cover: "a hoosh!" Like a sneeze. I never say bless you. I say wings waking up. When I picked up Wide Slumber for Lepidopterists because it was beautiful and found poems that looked like stars, I realized that my interest in visual and sound poetry was becoming more significant, and that if I was to keep writing poems
Feb 24, 2009 Leslie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Leslie by: Bunnyhoopla
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The language is amazing—girl body meets moth body meets moth as specimen meets stages of sleep. And then there are made-up words, unraveling/incomplete words, latin words, and words that mimic the sound of wings (“a hoosh a ha” throughout). The forms are also amazing; a favorite of mine: a little cluster of words surrounded by scattershot letters alone and in pairs. I want to hear this whole thing read aloud please.

Another thing: poetry books are getting so pretty. This one is the size and shape
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