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The Subsequent Blues

4.08  ·  Rating Details ·  13 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
Gary Copeland Lilley writes sonnets and he writes scat, applying traditional forms to untraditional subjects, achieving great grace and insight via high and low cultural fusions. He examines the DC ghetto and an assortment of its players (voodoo priests, junkies, soldiers, mothers ) through the lenses of both a sonnet s crucial turn and the jazz riff s apparent, adamant ...more
Published December 8th 2004 by Four Way Books (first published November 1st 2004)
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Oct 08, 2016 Christine rated it it was amazing
At times the writing in this thin volume is slow and careful in rhythm - lilting like easy waves lapping at the reader's ankles - but then it all turns, as if on the tip of a needle, towards fast staccato beats that rush forward and lay one flat. Wash over your head in a fierce tidal wave. Leave you startled and gulping oxygen on the shore. These poems know what they're doing. They're lived in and precise - full of well-worn flesh and whispered echoes of bluesy guitar floating upon air laced ...more
Jan 09, 2014 Alarie rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
These poems depict a side of life I’m glad to witness only in literature: life in the ghetto, drugs, prostitutes, jail, violence, playing the numbers, combat memories, voodoo. Yet Lilley doesn’t apologize or sentimentalize. He simply shows us the humor and humanity that connect us. In fact, one of his poem titles undoubtedly captures his approach to life: “I’m Gonna Live Long Unless Something Kills Me.”

There are some tapes of Lilley reading his poems on YouTube. I recommend those, too.
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Filled with a language all his own and characterizations so specific and unusual, this book is a pleasure to read and stretched me as a writer. I don't think he'll change my lexicon, I don't know how he could not change my lazy sentences.
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