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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  34 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Appetite is a book that explores our American Mythologies, particularly masculinity and film. Smith investigates our fascinations with the body, gender, and entertainment in poems that are critically observant, darkly funny, darkly angry, and, sometimes, heartbreaking.

Whether he is cataloging shirtless men in films and bad television, lyricizing the anxieties of childhood,
Paperback, 72 pages
Published December 2nd 2012 by University of Pittsburgh Press
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...the lyric poet’s images are nothing but the poet himself, and only different objectifications of himself, which is why, as the moving centre of that world, he is able to say "I": this self is not that of the waking, empirically real man, however, but rather the sole, truly existing and eternal self that dwells at the base of being, through whose depictions the lyric genius sees right through to the very basis of being.
—Friedrich Nietzsche, "The Birth of Tragedy" –

Honesty, little slut, must
David Joy
The emotion Aaron Smith captures in six lines is what most writers spend an entire novel trying to accomplish. Brilliantly lithe. He is an absolute force.
4 and 1/2 starts. Compelling from start to finish.
I loved this open and honest book of poems. It was refreshing, entertaining, and thought-provoking. I could relate to many of the poems on a personal level. It is definitely a collection I will read more than once.
Jan 16, 2013 Ie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: poetry, 2013
Could've gone farther, but didn't. Entertaining, campy, but lacked linguistic vigor, distance from the prosaic.
Jeffrey Bumiller
Really enjoyed this short book of very open and honest poems!
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