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"Friend to objects, saints and dead celebrities alike, Elaine Equi is the real McCoy: a keeper of the sacred flame of language-joy. Her work re-alerts us to our earliest love of words as toys, jewels, confections. In doing so she juices up our thinking. What’s better than writing that delights as it sharpens the mind? You’ve heard of ‘smart drinks’ or ‘smart drugs,’ said t ...more
Paperback, 100 pages
Published April 1st 2003 by Coffee House Press
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Jeff T.
Mar 11, 2009 Jeff T. rated it it was amazing
Equi does many things in her poems, but their most consistent quality is a friendliness. Always, there is an undercurrent of acuity; just as a riptide intermittently makes a floating body heavier, so do Equi's poems sail and bounce and play at the surface of a great depth. Read this book, and you'll end up tugging at your neighbor's trunks.
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Oct 12, 2007 Erin rated it really liked it
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A nearly perfect collection of poetry. Elaine Equi makes me want to be a better writer. She communicates the world from a unique and beautiful perspective. There were a few pieces I didn't like, but on the whole one of the best books of poetry I have read in a long time.
Jonathan
Aug 30, 2007 Jonathan rated it liked it
Wit and intelligence make this book very likeable. It has its moments but I'm still on the fence with this poet. I want to read EE's others books now to see whether I like them better.
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Compact poems, mostly practical, daily life, with a touch of the mystical.
OUT OF THE CLOUD CHAMBER
and into the street
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Jul 27, 2007 Jenni rated it really liked it
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I'm VERY picky when it comes to the "avante garde," but I do like Equi's work.
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