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Voluntary Servitude: Poems

3.97  ·  Rating Details  ·  74 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
A chilling and masterful second poetry collection by Mark Wunderlich, the author of the award-winning The Anchorage

Sometimes the heart breaks. Sometimes
it is not held hostage. The red world
where cells prepare for the unexpected
splays open at the window's ledge.
Be not human you inhuman thing. -from "Amaryllis"

Voluntary Servitude asks of the beloved, "You say, Don't wreck m
Paperback, 64 pages
Published October 1st 2004 by Graywolf Press (first published 2004)
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Alexis Hall
I never did get round to writing up my feels about CRUSH but I have similar unwritten-up-feels about Wunderlich. They're not particularly similar poets but there's an intensity to them, a focus on queerness, and the erotics of power that works on the same bit of my brain.

[This non review brought to you by GR determination I will read 12 books this year, regardless of my feelings on the matter]
Caleb Tankersley
Feb 10, 2009 Caleb Tankersley rated it liked it
When looking through ratings of poetry, I think everyone should keep one thing in mind: good poetry is ridiculously difficult. So, if I rate this book a three, it's really like a four compared to the fiction books. Weighted.

Wunderlich is a master of subtle imagery, combined incredibly detailed depictions. The problem is, his imagery is often too subtle, his depictions often too detailed. After finishing any one of these great poems, I thought the same thing: "I liked it. That was brilliant. But
Will Redd
Apr 15, 2014 Will Redd rated it liked it
This was a book required for a class I took as part of a Creative Writing minor. Either we never actually used it, or we were give one poem from it that I never read. Regardless, I finally decided to give it a read.

Reviewing poetry is hard. How do you give voice not only to the visceral emotional reaction you get reading it, but the intention of the poet as well? I'll just say that this was a good collection and I enjoyed it. Perhaps I'll have more if I read through it a second time, something q
Aug 15, 2007 Erin rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: wonder luck
Shelves: poesy
I'm picky. I don't tend to like double-spaced poems. It gives a sense of separation. And maybe every line means to be a stanza in these double-spaced poems, but I don't think the poems work well this way. The lines need each other a little bit more than their distance allows.

Not every poem in here is double-spaced. That bit above was just my own little rant, which I think matters but doesn't apply to the entire book. I very much liked a few of the poems in here. "Ice Queen" and "Device for Burni
Jan 29, 2009 Visha rated it really liked it
I need to own this book. Audrey loaned it to me and I kept it for nearly 3 months, keeping it close to me when I wrote or had the desire to write. For that, I give Wunderlich high marks - he is a poet who inspires me to write better prose.

Voluntary Servitude, despite being "very poet-y" is still accessible to readers like me who cannot abide the high-brow, B.S. style of most modern poets who seem to pride themselves on being vague and confusing. I particularly enjoyed the use of animals - they a
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Prepare for the 2010 Poets Forum in New York City (October 28-30) by reading Wunderlich's newest book of poetry, and check out the Poets Forum 2010 bookshelf for the latest collections by each of the poets participating in the Poets Forum. Happy reading!
Dec 15, 2008 Katie rated it really liked it
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I love Mark Wunderlich! I had the pleasure of hearing him read a few years ago, and I find myself greatly infulenced by his ghostly pastoral works. I treasre my signed copy which I have read over and over.
Janeil Page
Jan 20, 2014 Janeil Page rated it really liked it
Lovely, precise...almost painfully so.
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Mark Wunderlich was born in Winona, Minnesota and grew up in rural Fountain City, Wisconsin. He attended Concordia College’s Institut für Deutsche Studien, and later the University of Wisconsin from which he received a BA in German Literature and English. Wunderlich earned a Master of Fine Arts from Columbia University’s School of the Arts Writing Division where he studied with J.D. McClatchy, Wil ...more
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