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Citizen Of

4.01  ·  Rating Details ·  77 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
The Book of Funnels is one of the strangest and most beautiful first books of poetry I have read in a long time.”—John Ashbery

Christian Hawkey constructs a visionary world rich with fantastic imagery. In blurring the line of reality versus imagination, this turbulent dreamscape calls into question the frightening and surprising nature of the actual world.

Christian Hawkey
Paperback, 129 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Wave Books (first published 2007)
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Paul Toth
Jul 23, 2008 Paul Toth rated it really liked it
I can't explain, I think it's love.*

*What's with the cover? It's almost as bad as my ex-publisher's hatchet job on my novel Fizz.
Aug 31, 2007 martha rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
I got this because I loved his poem in The Best American Poetry 2006; sadly I think that's still my favorite poem, but I did like a lot of the others. This took me three months to get through, though. At his best, Hawkey is wonderfully weird, with poems full of animals and skies and a sense of disconnect. At his worst, he gets bogged down in the same, and some of the poems were a little too opaque for anything to grab me.

This is the poem that turned me onto him:

Christian Hawkey

My sixth sensu
At first this book made me gasp -- forget it all, it’s just brilliant! “I’m standing on a love song. I can hear it tick.” What more can you ask? In some ways, this collection is expanding the spookiness of Hawkey’s first book, The Book of Funnels, so now there’s not just a critique of “civilization” but also imperialism in all its paranoia. But the poems get repetitive -- I like seeing pigeons as machines, the circular way that thoughts produce nonsense, hours of doom, echoes of movies into ...more
Jan 14, 2008 Kent rated it liked it
There is definitely an excitement in the poems here. It's like each one just yells out "Hooray!" But then they're all yelling "Hooray!" over and over, and I don't understand why the poems don't take advantage of the imaginative space they've created to actually say something more.
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