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A Fiddle Pulled from the Throat of a Sparrow
Poetry. In this winner of the 2006 Green Rose Prize "You can fairly hear the pinging of the world and all its parts-noises of earth's objects rubbing against each other and the spheres. In this ebullient music find the translation of colors, shapes, space, speech, integrity, destruction. It's as if the world's most believable cape were thrown back and below we found not a ...more
Paperback, 89 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by New Issues Press
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Noah Eli Gordon is one of these guys everyone tells me I'm supposed to read. This didn't seem like the proper introduction. I'm usually a-okay with poets who work purely by managing associations between sound and image at the expense of narrative. & in a lot of ways, Gordon seems like an immediately accessible poet because the sonic side of things offers so much ear pleasure. Via conventional diction, the tonal range of the piece is limited, handicapping the associational magic they can do. ...more
Dense and strange, lovely but impenetrable. Resistant. Lacking narrative, it's pure sound and juxtaposition. Which is fine and well, except I want poems that slap me in the face with something. And while a few stray wisps, a line here or there haunted me, there was nothing that took hold. I suppose this is because we are, after all, narrative creatures. But those stray wisps are delicious. If you read it, give it the justice of reading it aloud. You can thank me later.