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Debbie: An Epic
Poetry. One of the more remarkable books of poetry to appear in a long time, Lisa Robertson's DEBBIE: AN EPIC was a finalist for the 1998 Governor General's Award for Poetry. As arresting as the cover image, Robertson's strong, confident voice echoes a wide range of influences from Virgil to Edith Sitwell, yet remains unique and utterly unmistakable for that of any other w ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published January 1st 1997 by New Star Books
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I guess this is like, poetry for smart people or something. i didn't get a lot of it, i didn't know what a lot of the words meant which probably had a lot to do with that. i dunno maybe sometime i will be smart at reading poetry and know more words and i will reread this and enjoy it, but for me right now it seems sorta irrelevant or not for me or something. the reliance on big academic words to make things, rather than simple descriptions or something, just makes it all a seem a little too meta ...more
(trying out recording the books i read for school on this ole thing again—i find it difficult to write notes on books too long after i read them, is the problem, and combine that with the exhaustion that comes with writing papers on said books...i mean, i chose to write not one but two papers on debbie, which i suppose speaks to how i feel about how much there is within this sharp challenging questioning pushing poem)
I love poetry that plays off the idea of Roman/Greek writing, and this is no exception. The only drawback, I think, is that the combination of high-flown latinate words, labyrinthine grammar, and surrealist imagery/ideas would work better for me if it were more often punctuated by short, sharp statements. The poems here are deeply committed to maintaining this epic grammar and superstructure while simultaneously undermining it with disjointed substance that it makes my brain tired, and less capa ...more