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Deaths For The Ladies (and other disasters)

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a run
of poems
short poems
very short poems
and turns of prose

more formally


paperback, 256 pages
Published 1962 by Signet
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Geoff Balme
Nov 20, 2015 Geoff Balme rated it liked it
You open it, read a few lines, laugh, and have to own it, having never realized it even existed.
It has that feel of old Dadaist poetry, similiar to Takahashi, though often more straightforwardly funny.

It is a little
when reading
the pen-knife
so prominent
in his poor wife's
flesh by
his own hand
called love

Philip Fracassi
Feb 17, 2011 Philip Fracassi rated it it was ok
Shelves: poetry
I like owning this book, it's kinda cool and hip like a jazz-lounge martini. And, like a martini, you want to sip it every now and then, not just drink it all, as that might make you a bit queezy.
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I never knew Norman Mailer published any books of poetry! It's like a cross between e.e. cummings and T.S. Elliot.
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Norman Kingsley Mailer was an American novelist, journalist, essayist, poet, playwright, screenwriter, and film director.

Along with Truman Capote, Joan Didion, and Tom Wolfe, Mailer is considered an innovator of creative nonfiction, a genre sometimes called New Journalism, but which covers the essay to the nonfiction novel. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize twice and the National Book Award once.
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“I won't stay in
with married men
any more
said the wise girl
they're too agreeable,
it's a little too much
like curling
with the good book.

You mean
good book

Oh, dear,
did I say
good book
sighed the witch.”
“Poems should be like pins which prick the skin of boredom and leave a glow equal in its pride to the gate of the sadist who stuck the pin and walked away” 5 likes
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