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Notes for the Novice Ventriloquist

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Perhaps it is best to picture this book as a gallery space, for in Notes for the Novice Ventriloquist, Gerry LaFemina curates an exhibit of the curious and quirky. Surrealist art, big foot, magic shows, mythological creatures, love in all its manifestations hang side by side on these pages. Each prose poem is a painted canvas in which the real and what-may-be-real are ...more
Paperback, 78 pages
Published July 15th 2013 by Mayapple Press
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Ben Eldridge
Oct 16, 2013 Ben Eldridge rated it really liked it
Note: I was kindly provided with a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes.

Notes for the Novice Ventriloquist is a fascinating and incredibly successful collection of prose poetry, which achieves its aims of subversive reflection with a gleeful self-awareness and impressive technical prowess. The brief collection of poems are overwhelmingly characterised by their thematic disjunction: obsessively shifting between the profound and the mundane in a surreal hybrid of existential philoso
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Oct 15, 2013 Amanda rated it liked it
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I had really mixed feelings about this book.

This is a collection of prose poems. Some of them I really connected with and understood. Others went RIGHT over my head and made absolutely NO sense to me.

I could tell they were well written, but still can't get over the fact that they were either too complex or made little sense to me. I think a lot of them you had to use your imagination to get the references, or were truly works of imaginative fiction and fantasy, and made little sense in the real
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Gerry LaFemina believes poetry is the highest art form; believes everyone should rock out with a guitar at least once--even if they can't play; believes teaching is a calling; believes the New York City subways are beautiful (even if they smell badly); believes in love, bigfoot and other mythic creatures; believes in the power of a good meal, a good night's sleep, good wine, etc; believes laughter ...more
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