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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  81 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Poetry. African American Studies. Gladman wields an idiosyncratic skill with description and characters that has drawn praise and attention from her contemporaries. JUICE describes a world where seemingly minor obsessions and details (like the narrator's almost random preference for juice) can structure and develop an entire story, down to its tone and style. As her narrat ...more
Paperback, 63 pages
Published October 1st 2000 by Kelsey Street Press
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something unique in that it really is smack dab in the middle of poetry and fiction, in between how the two usually operate.

i asked a poet friend once what was the difference between prose and poetry. and he deadpanned: "linebreaks." well gladman doesn't have any, but one could easily see each sentence as a poetic line and the movement between them like the mysterious linguistic chasm/synapse that separates lines of poetry. and a particular type of poetry too, far from confessional, which is es
Charlie Zoops
When reading “Juice” you can't help to feel you are encountering something very intimate. And what feels at first as a document of self discovery, leads itself to become a play on the essential idea of discovering, of wondering and reaching for meaning, without the necessity of achievement. Gladman's language is powerfully unique, for it pronounces itself conversationally, yet is still buoyant in its philosophical games and acts of deconstructing through time-jumbling and non-linear associations ...more
Reads like a parable, or a daydream, but with notes of a deeper exploration of one’s space (home). It seemed she was telling a story of creative work through a metaphorical exploration of inhabited space. For instance, early on in the story she follows a passage about loving her town with the thought “imagine coming home to a one-hundred-mile expanse of beauty that you have always thought of as yourself, and finding on that day that it exists without you.” To me, this evokes the solitary process ...more
Mar 21, 2010 Annie rated it 4 of 5 stars
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This is a great book - Gladman has a unique style and voice. Many have called Juice poetry disguised as prose - and in a way they're right. I don't like to pieon hole things (particlarly books!) though - and would just say it 's very unusual and beautifully crafted.
Chapter TK
This was one of the most unusual books I have ever read. The short stories are thought provoking and, quite frankly, weird. It made for a unique reading experience. Though the book is short, it will remain in your mind for days.
Postmodernism. Let's be honest. I don't get it. But the imagery can be so lush and it just begs you to search deeper within it and within yourself. At least for once I can't tag along the plot.
The title piece in this work is pretty awesome.
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