Barter: Poems
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Barter: Poems

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“Barter exchanges history for myth, direct speech for epistles, activity for observation . . . breathtaking.” —Claudia Rankine

Felix the Rat’s hind feet
could be Barbie hands—
same pink, same
injection-molded seaming.
—from “Electronica”

The poems in Barter, Monica Youn’s exciting first collection, negotiate transactions between scarcity and excess, pornography and abstraction,...more
Paperback, 64 pages
Published May 1st 2003 by Graywolf Press (first published 2003)
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I really love this. I particuarly light the two Night Ferry to Naxos poems, and also this one:

Labor Day

A glass of tap water that tasted like bruise;
her bronze-stockinged feet overflowed her white shoes.
eh and a double eh when I heard it live
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