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Starred Wire (National Poetry Series #123)

4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  51 ratings  ·  6 reviews
“A fine-grained light like that of a nineteenth-century Danish landscape painting shimmers throughout these gorgeously tactile and tactful poems.”—John Ashbery

“A heady heady brew—O’Hara conversation, Ashbery sophistication, Koch hilarity, Schuyler shapeliness, Guest adventures, Notley grain, Mayer utopia, Padgett whimsy, Oulipo oofs.”—Bob Holman, National Poetry Series jud
Paperback, 70 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Coffee House Press (first published 2005)
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There were few moments that were quote-worthy, and a few poems (La and Contretemps among them) that I really really liked. But mostly, especially in the middle, I was bored. The back of the book says that Ange has the sophistication of John Ashberry. I find the idea of sophistication in poetry very boring. Thus my 3 stars are because she has crafted good poems, but they do not excite me or make me feel anything.
Jeff T.
The first time I tried to read it, the book made little sense to me and the high diction seemed overly conspicuous. This time around I still felt lost for the most part, but the language seemed appropriate to the experience I had with the poems. There's an amiability to Mlinko's poems that arrives as a late invitation to pleasure of acquaintance. I'm sure I'll be back.
Liz Brennan
I once (very long ago) gave a reading with Ange at a small poetry gathering in MA. I'm now delighted to be reading the work of such a dedicated poet.
Her use of diction is so striking, but it pretty much ends there. I learned like 100 new words from this!
Eddie Watkins
Ahhh... as far as pure synthetic pleasures go this poetry is as close as aspartame can come to pure cane
C Rex
Four stars times sixteen.
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