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Odalisque

3.5 of 5 stars 3.50  ·  rating details  ·  4 ratings  ·  3 reviews
A poem sequence that interweaves scenes and stories in a soundtrack that sweeps through modern Los Angeles. A cop and a hooker become a lover and a beloved, who, line by line, scene by scene, reveal their affair in a bitter script that tours the city streets, taking in actresses and immigrants, beauty school students, dreamers and discontents.
Paperback, 76 pages
Published July 15th 2007 by Salt Publishing
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Bethany Andrews
I don’t claim to be an expert when it comes to poetry, so my review should be read with that in mind. "Odalisque" is a collection of poems which sort of weave a story for the readers. I confess that a lot of the language was lost on me, but from what I understood, its the story of a police officer of some sort who falls in love with a hooker. Each poems furthers the story and what we know, and leaves you turning pages.

It’s a fairly quick read; the book is very small. The writing is almost elegan
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Ted Burke
Mark Salerno offers a selection of noir-inspired sonnets that tell a tale of cop and a hooker who start up a relationship that takes us on a tour of a mythical, distant, black and white Los Angeles of contemporary time. Shifting voices, locations, presenting the city as an amorphous spread of contradictions--a site where generations have settled, started anew and quite completed the paradises they tried to construct for themselves--Salerno offers up a terse diction that works splendidly in the s ...more
Glenn
Mark’s Salerno's “Odalisque” is an obsessive's dream, a work that rewards paying attention from the onset, rolling with the subtle changes and linguistic challenges in front of you. Mark wields language expertly, short of sending one to a dictionary, but getting the absolute maximum impact from the leanness of the form he's chosen.

There's the playful use of rhyme and joy in the pure sound of words:
“cut loose among the boots”
“A brilliant something tall enough to scrape the stars”
Or a couplet tha
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