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Lollipop Trollops and Other Poems

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The Lollipop Trollops gathers the poems written over several decades of Alexander Theroux, one of the most brilliant novelists of our age. It is an uncompromising and explosive volume, a work of astonishing force and variety. Although written in a genre by which he has been known thus far only to a few, this book but continues what, taken altogether, including his essays, ...more
Paperback, 171 pages
Published August 1st 1992 by Dalkey Archive Press
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Nathan "N.R." Gaddis
I can’t read poetry.
Don’t know how.

But say
Theroux wrote
a few. I’ll try.

Therouvian completionism
Drove me through.

I imagine
One re-reads
A poem not just once.

We all
Write poems.
No one reads them.

Someone please,
A poetry reader,
read these.

Maybe you’ll know
Better than I
Whether they are any good at all. As poetry, I mean.

For, Sir Alex
Will always be
A novelist and essayist first, to me, to me.

“Zwei Beispiele, bitte.”


Most compound consonantal sounds,
Odd to the eyes because
MJ Nicholls
Jan 19, 2012 MJ Nicholls rated it it was amazing
My pledge this year is to read more contemporary poetry. I used to review poetry in online workshops, and the nimiety of lowercase e.e. cummings imitations left me exceedingly depressed. I can’t write poems for toffee (and toffee sellers only accept sestinas as payment) but I believe modern poets should acquaint themselves with as many poetic forms as possible, unafraid to box themselves into the metrical requirements of a sonnet or an englyn. When I tried poems I took arbitrary line breaks ...more
Anthony Vacca
Jun 26, 2014 Anthony Vacca rated it really liked it
Like his novels, the thematic territory mapped in Alexander Theroux’s poems tackle love, loneliness, heartbreak, early American Rock and Blues, racism, abuses of authority, ignorance, the causal and indifferent meanness of humanity, and also the laughter to be had with or sometimes at the expense of others. Theroux has no set mode of poetical form, and so we get to see the giant of American Letters try his hand at sonnets, blank verse, lyrics, and closed couplets. Surprising to see in this colle ...more
Jul 04, 2015 Sam rated it really liked it
Witty, satirical, and multi-layered as usual, Theroux's poems show that he is a master of all literary forms. Less verbose than his prose, his allusions to an immense corpus of literary, historical and philosophical sources, combined with contemporary topics show his breadth and depth splendidly.
As expected, his personal favourites include the Jacobeans, Middleton, Tourneur, John Webster, Pope, Swift, Keats, Dickinson, Yeats, Wallace Stevens and Philip Larkin - these are quoted regularly in his
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Alexander Theroux...: The Lollipop Trollops (1992) 3 20 Jan 02, 2015 08:20AM  
Alexander Theroux is a novelist, poet, and essayist. The most apt description of the novels of Theroux was given by Anthony Burgess in praise of Theroux's Darconville's Cat: Theroux is 'word drunk', filling his novels with a torrent of words archaic and neologic, always striving for originality, while drawing from the traditions of Rolfe, Rabelais, Sterne, and Nabokov.
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