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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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Jan 12, 2014 Taube rated it it was amazing
...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
Apr 23, 2013 Keith rated it it was amazing
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.
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Dec 06, 2012 Jeffrey Bumiller rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this short book of very open and honest poems!
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Always perceptive, Smith writes angry, witty, humorous poems that speak of everyday actions and tell what this gay man is really thinking. Found them to be true! What more can you ask of poetry!
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Shelves: poetry, 2013
Could've gone farther, but didn't. Entertaining, campy, but lacked linguistic vigor, distance from the prosaic.
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May 08, 2014 David Joy rated it it was amazing
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.
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Aaron Smith is the author of Appetite, and Blue on Blue Ground, winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize, as well as the chapbooks Men in Groups and What’s Required. His work has appeared in a number of literary magazines, including Ploughshares and Prairie Schooner, and The Best American Poetry 2013. He is assistant professor of creative writing at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachus
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