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Bone Pagoda

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Poetry. "In these incisive poems, Susan Tichy explores Vietnam - the war and the country. She has a keen eye, and her perceptual clusters are widened and deepened by sharp moments of recognition. 'Someone had drawn red circles / where his eyes would be, ' she writes of a man who begs on the steps of a pagoda. Just as the circles 'make a place to look, ' so these poems make ...more
Paperback, 102 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by Ahsahta Press
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Mar 14, 2009 Joe rated it it was amazing
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The poetics of the book resists closure and resists representing the Vietnam war in brackets, as a done thing. Interrogations of language, memories encounters with artifacts of war, incorporated voices—from J. Edgar Hoover to Daniel Berrigan and George Oppen—are densely layered over one another in Tichy’s couplets. At times these elements become indistinct from one another, forming a highly volatile, complex present:

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‘The burning of paper instead of children’
Homemade napalm draft board
Jul 18, 2007 Jenny rated it liked it
Recommends it for: poetry readers open to unconventional syntax, etc
Shelves: poetry
I still need to reread this book as I was mostly left with an impression and not much in the way of articulable thought. I can say that I started out not liking it that much, but as I often find to be the case with good poetry that challenges my desire for conventional syntax, I ended up really enjoying the voice and the mood of this book.
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I think I need to spend more time with this book. I didn't read it as carefully as I probably should have.
Aug 09, 2007 Renee rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Dan
My favorite line: "a grammar is a gun." I heard her read at AWP and it was kick-ass.
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Susan Tichy is author of Gallowglass (forthcoming in 2010 from Ahsahta Press), A Smell of Burning Starts the Day (Wesleyan, 1988), The Hands in Exile (Random House, 1983), a National Poetry Series selection, and Bone Pagoda (Ahsahta Press, 2007). Her work has been recognized by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, by a Kayden Award for Poetry, and a Pushcart Prize. Most recently, her ...more
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