Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Odalisque” as Want to Read:
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating


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
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Odalisque, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Odalisque

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-8 of 8)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
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
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
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
Neverdust marked it as to-read
Dec 30, 2013
James Coleman
James Coleman marked it as to-read
Jan 03, 2011
abcdefg marked it as to-read
May 25, 2010
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
Hate being like this Method SO ONE COULD HAVE

Share This Book

No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »