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The Book of Funnels
John Ashbery writes: “Christian Hawkey’s poetry is landscape poetry in the true sense of landscape—not a segment of the Earth’s surface posing for its picture, but an open, undetermined space in which all kinds of crazy mental and physical things are going about their business simultaneously. What emerges is a portrait of a medium like the one we live in, with all its unex ...more
Paperback, 75 pages
Published October 1st 2004 by Wave Books
(first published 2004)
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This man is insane but a genius. He visited my poetry class in 2006 and kind of blew my mind. He told this story about how he leaves a dictionary out on his backyard table in brooklyn and he responds to the way the birds peck at words, and watches the way the weather tears at the pages. He went on about this for like 20 minutes.
Calling Christian Hawkey’s The Book of Funnels “strange” and “beautiful,” as John Ashbery does on the book jacket, is like calling the Artic “chilly” or the speed of light “quick.” Hawkey’s poems evoke a new order of time, space, and reality, yet they try to convince readers that Hawkey’s world exists concurrently with the real world if only we look a little closer. His poems mesh realities by combining images of everyday with images that are bizarre and impossible. Giving his readers a glimpse ...more
This book makes me so grateful for used bookstores -- Green Apple Books in particular -- because I just picked it up randomly and oh my is it gorgeous with such blow-me-away images -- fairy tales clash of civilizations deep breath the end of breath, time, a flashlight, intimacy forget it the sun and the shadow and the moon all at once a wave, waving, nature poetry without nature and the end of the wind the wind the wind give me more!
i loved this book. i loved the images. i loved how the way the stanzas looked on the page often mirrored each other in the same poem. i think it is largely about the experience of striving for individuality in a world of conformity. I don't know, maybe you'll think something different. i think it's a good book to read very quickly, then look back on.