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State of the Union: Fifty Political Poems

4.11  ·  Rating Details ·  83 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
From rough optimism to sharp criticism, fifty American poets present new work dissecting the current political climate in America. Wide-ranging writers bring their bold voices to this collection, including Eileen Myles, Matthew Rohrer, Rebecca Wolff, Terrance Hayes, Joe Wenderoth, and Tao Lin.

“Walking by Hope Street”

Look at the landscape,
A lot of damage, no?
But we are here
Paperback, 144 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Wave Books
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Jun 03, 2017 Shelley rated it it was ok
Shelves: politics, poetry
I was hoping this book of 50 poems, published in 2008, would still be relevant in our current political times of 2017. Unfortunately, only six of them seemed worth remembering. And I doubt I would have appreciated any of the other poems in 2008. The six noteworthy ones are timeless. The others, just not great poems in general.

I suspect the editors had a hard time finding really good political poems and this book is slim as it is. If they had edited out all the bad ones, it would have been a pam
Sep 08, 2008 CA rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Here's a HANDSOME book! Just in time for the three-legged race to the White House, now that the candidates have their back-up singers, and the burlap bags are paid in full.

But I will only vote for the gayest candidate, so, I know EXACTLY who I'm voting for, as you can imagine!

Gay sex WILL save the world, I PROMISE! I'm working on it!

But I do wish Eileen Myles was running for president again this year. Yeah I know Jimmy Carter is a poet, and I LOVE Jimmy (the gayest of them all!), but Eileen had
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Oct 08, 2013 Edward Moore rated it really liked it
Good collection. Especially likes "The War of Wars" by Wanda Coleman, "Dove" by Caroline Knox, and "A Citizen" by Don Bogen. The latter has an excellent historical view of America today. Not an uplifting book, really, but it presents a fine variety of pets.
Jan 21, 2009 Daniela rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
My favorite poets writing my favorite kind(s) of poems. And...nothing special happened. Maybe it's my fault; maybe my expectations were too high. To quote from Dan Chelotti's contribution to the book, "Why aren't you the bomb/that I want you to be?"
Cynthia Manick
May 15, 2009 Cynthia Manick rated it liked it
There was some interesting poems in this collection. The poems range from serious to the lighthearted, so its worth a read. I do have to give a special mention to C.A. Conrad's poem, "Dear Mr. President There Was An Eggshell Under Your Desk Last Night In My Dream." Everyone should read it.
Sep 09, 2008 Steven rated it really liked it
I will have a review of this book forthcoming on Galatea Resurrects so I'll post the link once it's up.
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Apr 27, 2016 Greg Bem rated it really liked it
My head responded with an agony like twine: wrapped and cutting of circulation, forced to feel texture and structure and force all at once.
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Jan 06, 2015 Katie TerBush rated it really liked it
Some poems were a little weird but the majority were deeply moving and really captured the attitudes and spirits of the US.
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Exactly what it is
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