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Poetry. Greenstreet's highly original CASE SENSITIVE posits a female central character who writes chapbooks that become the sections in this book. "What happens in the book I want to read?" Greenstreet asked herself. "And how would it sound?" Everything the character is reading, remembering, and dreaming turns up in what she writes, duly referenced with notes. Using natura ...more
Paperback, 130 pages
Published January 1st 2006 by Ahsahta Press
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Amanda
Oct 17, 2007 Amanda rated it it was ok
Shelves: poetry
Honestly, I was more intrigued by the all the research done for this book than the actual writing. The narrative, at times, for me, was too disjointed--to the point that it became experimental without any real intention other than that. I comprehend that this book is working with associative connections and extended thinking and it's all about ideas and how narrative overlap (I get it), but I believe writers need to work these experimentations into the writing and that the writing should bring o ...more
Craig
Apr 25, 2016 Craig rated it really liked it
It took me a really long time to finish this collection. It was read (at points) in three or four different states over a period of months. So I wouldn't say that I gave it a true, fair reading. And yet here I am - giving it four stars anyway.

I had a really hard time getting into the first section of the book (which partially explains why it took me so long to read it) but once I was past the first section, I really started to like Greenstreet's rhythms and phrasing. While more experimental than
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Barrett
Sep 18, 2007 Barrett rated it liked it
Recommends it for: painters, film noir enthusiasts, repressed milquetoast goths, residents of portland
I had a considerable amount of ambivalence when I began reading this book, a sensation that I frequently experience with poets whose words work with a quick-slowness of mushrooms or slime mold. It was musty, fall-like. The street scenes, the empty rooms, the crystalline solids we pour on eggs. It was the ordinary rendered extraordinary through the rendering process itself. That is to say I began to appreciate the work of a poet who is a painter, as well. These poems felt composed, as in, what is ...more
John
Jul 28, 2007 John rated it it was amazing

Several books came out last year that I’ve had a difficult time getting through, not because I don’t like them, I do, but simply because they are so long. Kate Greenstreet’s case sensitive is a good example (another is Richard Meier’s excellent Shelly Gave Jane a Guitar, but there are several). I like this book quite a bit, but as it's 118 pages long, I have this terrible tendency to browse when I should be reading. I’m sure this is my failing (I also like poetry readings when they’re fairly sho
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Anna
Nov 26, 2007 Anna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
The first section "Women of Science" is fantastic! The second section "SALT" is tougher going, but keep on through because the rest of the book is again fantastic. There's a feeling of mystery that reminds me of Notley's Disobedience, though Greenstreet's speakers and characterizations change up frequently. As soon as I finished, I had that bereft feeling that novels often leave me with. I needed to read it again, right away. The thinking behind the poems is almost unchartable, though not at all ...more
Rodney
Jul 27, 2007 Rodney rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
Greenstreet’s work draws a lot of its energy from the directness and compact austerity of her language, which reminds me of the Objectivists in its expressive use of space & feeling for the ‘essential’ statement. Several of the poems take shape as a form of dialogue with the absent or dead, investing conversational flatness with the shimmer of the numinous: “What’s the appeal of a mystery? Someone is looking for something, actively.”
Bonnie
Oct 12, 2008 Bonnie rated it it was amazing
There's something about the voice in the book---and Greenstreet's own voice when she reads her poems--- that is absolutely unique and memorable. (I was going to write "haunting," because I can call her voice to mind very easily--it stays with a reader, like how a dream or specter might--but I do not want to attribute any negative connotation to the voice, and "haunting" might appear negative to someone besides myself.) Her voice implores one to listen: Not if you *choose* to listen, but to liste ...more
Susan
Oct 15, 2007 Susan rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Greenstreet uses a combination of spare, but lovely language and a complex structure to create an intriguing book of poetry. This one (like all poetry) requires close, careful reading. I did enjoy this work, but feel I probably need to read it a second time to fully appreciate it.
Catherine Meng
Feb 22, 2008 Catherine Meng rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
Lovely lovely. I read the whole thing while in the waiting room at my doctor's office. Especially fond of the last section "Diplomacy" and "[SALT]".

"To dig a hole they use the antlers of a deer."
Virginia
Apr 02, 2010 Virginia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, mystery
I love this book! I was so going along for the ride. I will keep re-reading the chapters, it's so dense and though I read carefully, I know I missed something. GREAT read!
Sarah
May 22, 2010 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: po-eh-tree
Reading her poetry is like sliding a feather above your ear. "Salt" is my favorite section.
Amy
Sep 09, 2007 Amy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: advanced readers of poetry
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Kate Greenstreet's third book Young Tambling is new from Ahsahta Press. Her second, The Last 4 Things (Ahsahta, 2009), comes with a DVD of two short films based on the two sections of the book. Ahsahta published Greenstreet's case sensitive in 2006. She is also the author of seven chapbooks.

Greenstreet's poems can be found in Chicago Review, Boston Review, Fence, Volt, Colorado Review and
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