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Blue on Blue Ground

4.20  ·  Rating Details  ·  46 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Blue on Blue Ground is about the body, desire, anxiety, and obsession—how what we want redeems and isolates us (and is sometimes used against us). These poems are artful yet accessible, lyrical yet direct, strange but recognizable.

Smith’s relentless self-examination, fear, sense of humor, and vulnerability are all laid to bare in crisp, precise language. From lonely observ
Paperback, 91 pages
Published September 28th 2005 by University of Pittsburgh Press (first published 2005)
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Sara Kearns
Mar 15, 2010 Sara Kearns rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone who reads poetry, everyone who doesn't read poetry, oh just EVERYONE.
I think Anne Sexton and Frank O’Hara had a child and his name is Aaron Smith, and his Blue on Blue Ground is perhaps the bravest collection of poems since Sharon Olds gave us sacraments such as Satan Says and The Gold Cell. Aaron Smith’s courage is on par with that of revolutionary writers like Sexton, O’Hara, Langston Hughes, and Gwendolyn Brooks. His first full-length collection is unapologetically confessional, and both defiantly confrontational and defiantly vulnerable. His emotional honest ...more
Oct 21, 2015 Matthew rated it it was amazing
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Really amazing. Reminds me of a grittier Mark Doty: they have the same way of merging and elevating several commonplace occurrences into a single epiphanic moment. Intellectually stimulating, emotionally riveting, aurally titillating... some great poetry.

(I read his second book, APPETITE, when it came out awhile ago and don't remember being impressed. I'm going to have to revisit it soon.)

A lot of the poems take place in Pittsburgh, which is where I'm from, and it's crazy hearing him talk about
Don Gochenour
Mar 06, 2016 Don Gochenour rated it it was amazing
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Larry Kaplun
Apr 21, 2008 Larry Kaplun rated it it was amazing
I love Aaron Smith. His poems remind me of David Trinidad mixed with some Frank O'Hara mixed with some Denise Duhamel, who chose this book for the Agnes Lynch Prize. Here are some titles from "Blue on Blue Ground"; "Cher Uncensored", "Dear Matt Damon", "Brad Pitt". So there are quite a few poems talking about pop-culture, but there are many other types of poems too. All of them good! Check it out!
Robert Vaughan
Jan 18, 2016 Robert Vaughan rated it it was amazing
Brilliantly effusive poetry that burns, singes and tingles. Smith's collection is so relatable, so accessible, that I forgot I'd read the entire book in one sitting. Amazing work from a stellar poet.
Feb 25, 2012 B. rated it really liked it
Funny, sad, lyrical, whimsical, Aaron Smith's collection of poems cut straight to that part of the heart that makes one see the world through someone else's eyes. Always a wondrous effect.
Feb 14, 2009 SmarterLilac rated it really liked it
Good, though it suffers somewhat from self-referenciality.
Nov 13, 2013 Smita rated it it was amazing
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