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Hollywood & God
Hollywood & God is a virtuosic performance, filled with crossings back and forth from cinematic chiaroscuro to a kind of unsettling desperation and disturbing—even lurid—hallucination. From the Baltimore Catechism to the great noir films of the last century to today’s Elvis impersonators and Paris Hilton (an impersonator of a different sort), Robert Polito tracks the s ...more
Hardcover, 88 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by University Of Chicago Press
(first published January 1st 2009)
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I judge a book by its cover. HOLLYWOOD & GOD has a great cover, a painting of a desk full of ephemera before an open window at night with a full moon on the rise. I also judge a book by its blurbs. HOLLYWOOD & GOD has a blurb from Greil Marcus, as well as raves from the trades. I judge a book as well by its size. HOLLYWOOD & GOD is less than 75 pages long. All these factors played a part in my purchase of Robert Polito's collection of poetry and personal remembrances. I had not known ...more
The mix-n-match of celebrity culture with the detritus of a religious education is startling. However too many poems have references I can't get (just look in the notes at the end to see where he pulls them from, and you may find yourself in the same boat.)
If you're a fan of Luc Sante, you'll probably dig these elegantly cut-up film noir poems and sections of prose memoir about a childhood spent in bars transcribing the recollections of a drunken movie starlet turned hooker. Concept: see title.
Robert Polito (born 1951) is an American academic, critic and poet. He has been Director of the Writing Program at The New School since 1992. He received the National Book Critics Circle Award and an Edgar Award for Savage Art: A Biography of Jim Thompson.More about Robert Polito...