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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  93 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Tristimania is Mary Ruefle's eighth book of poems.
Paperback, 72 pages
Published April 2nd 2004 by Carnegie-Mellon University Press (first published November 2003)
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Jan 14, 2010 W.B. rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: poetry likers and lickers
A poet with a rather arch metaphysical sense of humor, Ruefle also reminds me at times (at least in this collection) of Edward Gorey or even Edward Lear (I don't mean that as dismissive!) She's quite comfortable writing an elegy for two "dead vowels," for example. "In a milk-white mist in the middle of the wood / there are two dead vowels" begins the singsong "Do Not Disturb." One suspects this poem is really about the old ae vowel linkage, and the constant turnover of the languages which carry ...more
I loved Ruefle's Indeed I Was Pleased With the World and Tristimania was great too, maybe better even!

There were a lot poems that used repetition in the collection. Usually I don't like repetitive poems, but I really enjoyed all but one of them. The poem I didn't like was sort of double repetitive: each line was something like: I might____, I might not ___. It was probably the one poem I didn't love in the whole book.

Her images, and the ideas in her poems just strike a chord with me. Even when
Not as good as Selected (which includes some of the poems in this collection), but still really great!
Man is she good. "Tristimania," along with "Indeed I was Pleased with the World" and "The Most of It" showcase a poet who's hit her stride, speaks clearly in her own voice. I'm consistently impressed with her restraint in so many of her poems, and - as many other reviewers have stated, her sense of humor is truly rare.
2.5 stars
I did not understand most of this book of poems, though she said some good stuff like lovers never forgetting anything but who they are, and James Dean as a farmer (Horses)
I like this, I think, but not as much as Post-meridian.
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Mary Ruefle is an American poet and essayist. The daughter of a military officer, Ruefle was born outside Pittsburgh in 1952, but spent her early life traveling around the U.S. and Europe. She graduated from Bennington College in 1974 with a degree in Literature.

Ruefle's work has been widely published in literary journals. She has received a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, a Whiting Wr
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