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In School of Fish Eileen Myles hooks our attention and reels it in with a pulsing, sinuous rush of images seized from urban life's experimental flow: Illuminating these densely and intensely alive new poems is an eloquent and revealing prose essay, "The Lesbian Poet", wherein Myles addresses the sources of her art, paying homage to her favorite living poets and early influ ...more
Hardcover, 200 pages
Published June 1st 1997 by Black Sparrow Press (first published March 1st 1997)
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Dec 28, 2015 Matthew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
the endearing
form of
the toilet

David Rattray
this year

the Last Judgement
will be based
on the weather
& earth and
how we
treat it

it's always
a burning

Honor has on her
a very
old tree

here, in
a train
- 1993 (pg. 92-93)

some of us
just live
our lives
faster to
avoid being

- 1993 (pg. 113)

It's narrow
down here
a small
turn can
be very

the female voice
is the sound
of the future
don't you

& the door
Poet Eileen Myles brings moments out of time and shows the reader, through the particular lens of her perspective, the significance of that moment, or sometimes a shared universal experience in matters like love, war and death.

Many of these moments can be found in her volume of poetry, School of Fish. In this volume of poetry, she brings to the reader personal moments of experience.

The Lesbian Poet
The moments Myles presents in her poems range from the dark explorations of the possible reasons be
Apr 25, 2008 Syd rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
This was my first introduction to Myles and I have to say I'm sad that I'm just getting around to her. I read her essay on poetry that was included in this volume twice because it was that brilliant.
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Shelves: poetry
myles is master of the short line and haphazard city-bound image. even when standing by a volcano in iceland she sees no nature, but rather chunks of bread.
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One of my favorite essays ever "on being a Lesbian Writer" is in this book. I totally love that Myles puts an essay in every book of poetry. It's so right.
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Eileen Myles (born 1949, Cambridge, Massachusetts) is probably America's best-known unofficial poet. Her latest book is Sorry, Tree in which she describes “some nature” as well as the transmigration of souls from the east coast to the west. Bust Magazine calls Myles "the rock star of modern poetry" and Holland Cotter in The New York Times describes her as "a cult figure to a generation of post-pun ...more
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