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Your Ten Favorite Words

4.71 of 5 stars 4.71  ·  rating details  ·  35 ratings  ·  7 reviews
What used to be called "the war between the sexes" is now being duked out with great passion and finesse by Reb Livingston in this collection of take-no-prisoners poems. In Your Ten Favorite Words no one is let off the hook, least of all the feisty scribe herself. Sassy, freaky, comic, vulnerable, and to use her one of her very own neologisms, "gleefullized," Reb Livingsto ...more
75 pages
Published October 23rd 2007 by Coconut Books
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Paul Siegell
Reb Livingston’s Your Ten Favorite Words is seductive. Turn to the first section and “Our Rascal Asses” greets you as its title. For me, that’s all the “come hither” I need. From the jump I encounter how lovers relate to each other, what ideas the act of sex leads to. There is a hook-up here, a girlfriend, and a wife. There is a spokeswoman for some kind of written love. And that spokeswoman, as a speaker, even talks to her own poems. “I’m trying to be funny,” she writes. “I’m using big words ...more
Nov 13, 2007 Cheryl rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys the fun of love
Shelves: poetry
Your Ten Favorite Words by Reb Livingston / Coconut Books / 978-0-6151-6182-2 / 75pps / $?

Reb Livingston knows how to have a good time and in this saucy collection of poems, she expounds on a few recollections with the same jazzy fun that probably caused them. I like her obvious enjoyment of words, how she teases them into a poem then has her way with them.
In the poem “Almost Took A Lover Once”, she boasts “(he was pleasing, so pleasing, he fissured my mind)”... And much the continuation of
Reb Livingston's Your Ten Favorite Words is a collection of poems that examines the battle between the sexes in a new way, creating caricatures of men and women. Livingston has a way with imagery, alliteration, and riddles. A number of poems roll into a rhythm, twist the tongue, and require readers to assess each line carefully.

The collection is broken down into three parts: Our Rascal Asses; Unsweet and Looking for a Fix; Burgers and Pitchforks. Readers are introduced to three caricatures Smitt
Apr 04, 2008 Jeannine added it
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(I usually dislike it when male critics use words like "saucy" to describe a woman's book of poetry, but nonetheless:)
Rebecca Livingston's collection (from Coconut Books) of flirtatious, saucy, edgy-with-a-LangPo-twist poems provides portraits of an American woman coming to terms with her country, her lovers, her culture, and yes, her words and herself. Read to entertain yourself, to take a look inside Livingston's fun-house mirror, reflections of the tawdry and tender.
An excerpt from one of my
sharp tongued and delicious.
Nov 21, 2007 Reb rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
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It's my book and I'll give it 5 stars if I want to.
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