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Star in the Eye

4.52  ·  Rating Details ·  65 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
"James Shea brings us to the edge of the unknown and points into the darkness, until our eyes adjust and we see that he is pointing at himself, already there. These poems make me wish I had the same dreams Shea has; after reading this book it seems possible—anything does."—Nick Flynn
Paperback, 57 pages
Published November 1st 2008 by Fence Books
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D.A.
Jun 11, 2010 D.A. rated it really liked it
Some fantastic poems. Thanks to David Trinidad for this wise recommendation.
Evan
Dec 16, 2008 Evan rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Folks what like deceptively simple poetry
Humor is difficult to achieve in poetry. Often its either a). hey, I can say poopie in a poem; I'm such a rule-breaker! or b). watch me be wry, intelligent, well-read and just top-drawer head-of-the-class-too-clever-by-half. Either way, it's the self-conscious pose that sucks the pleasure from the poem (for example, the otherwise amazing "Rhode Island Notebook" is marred by Gudding's Poundesque attempts to achieve the funny by way of the mots justes of Propertius or other Romans (you have to say ...more
Caroline
May 06, 2009 Caroline rated it really liked it
Some poems I feel 5+ about, others I feel only 2 about.

5 +'s (mostly ones that really struck me as interesting makings/remakings, or otherwise play on some established form, which I dig like crazy):

Crises
The Riverbed
Haiku (LOVE the whole form, structure, movement of this; knock-out ending)
Poem
Unperfectable
First Requiem
Death Poems (I'm a huge fan of the Japanese Death Poems; love Shea's play with this)

As for the 2-ish poems... my main complaint about these is I'd be reading them, thinking "thi
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Carla
Jan 18, 2012 Carla rated it really liked it
I can't remember why I got this book of poetry. I think I got it to feel like a real poet or something. But whatever the case, it didn't change my life. It merely gave me a few new passing thoughts.
Heather June Gibbons
Jul 26, 2011 Heather June Gibbons rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Really enjoyed this one. A wonderful first book.
Hafizah
my favorite book of poetry, hands down.
Noah
Jun 07, 2008 Noah rated it really liked it
Not quite what I remember from reading Shea's work. Though there are many brilliant poems in this collection.
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