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Winner of the prestigious James Laughlin Award of the Academy of American Poets and the Perugia Press Prize, this collection is life-affirming but without illusions. How to Live on Bread and Music, showcases poet Jennifer K. Sweeney's mature consciousness and circumspect intelligence. The book takes us on a physical and spiritual trip, symbolized in recurring images of the ...more
Hardcover, 91 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Perugia Press
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Marsena Dufresne
Dec 19, 2009 Marsena Dufresne rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who loves words
Shelves: read-again
A beautiful book of poetry with images that stayed with me for days, delivering sharp intakes of breath and long exhales. One stanza perfectly described my life when I wasn't looking for such a naming, making me feel less alone and more courageous than I am on my own.
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As recipient of the 2009 James Laughlin Award of the Academy of American Poets, the only major American award for a second book of poetry, it would be easy to passively dismiss Jennifer K. Sweeney’s How to Live on Bread and Music as another collection in the long line of contest winners that swell our local bookstores’ shelves. Though it is exquisitely designed by the good folks at Perugia Press with stunning cover art furnished by the poet’s father, an accomplished painter, the boo
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Tasha
Jun 26, 2013 Tasha rated it really liked it

THIS REVIEW ORIGINALLY RAN IN POETS' QUARTERLY

Jennifer K. Sweeney’s second collection of poetry How to Live on Bread and Music consists of five sections, two of them being multi-page poems, which are somewhat unusual as longer poems are notoriously more difficult to maintain, but Sweeney manages to avoid the common pitfalls of longer works with ease. Both of her longer poems radiate with fresh imagery, clever word choice, and an uncommon strength of metaphor. Clearly Sweeney is one of the bright
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Jee Koh
Mar 13, 2010 Jee Koh rated it it was ok
Just finished reading Jennifer K. Sweeney's How to Live on Bread and Music, this year's winner of the James Laughlin Award for a second book of poems. The poems about siblings, in the first section, are not memorable in either image or music. The long poem "The Listeners" that makes up section two stretches a tolerable idea to intolerable length. One of its parts is about back-masking, a common enough subject rendered in a prosaic idiom:


The music teacher told her third graders
if you played "Stra
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Michael
Jul 09, 2011 Michael rated it really liked it
from How to Live on Bread and Music by Jennifer K. Sweeney:

How to Tune a Xylophone

Go for a drive and let it sit in the passenger seat.
When the air feels dusty as a roadside chapel,
pull over and start walking.
If you come across train tracks,
lay the xylophone on the rungs
and let the vibrations tune it.
One note is a wasp boring holes in the air.
One note is a bleached newspaper
rattling in the brush.
Emma
May 17, 2010 Emma rated it it was amazing
Looked forward to reading this every night before falling asleep; its unexpected language and near (but not) fabulist tone held my interest and also offered a weirdly peaceful sense of camaraderie. These poems are gentle spells.
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Sep 26, 2010 David Sam rated it it was amazing
A wonderful collection by a young poet. She sees and hears and knows how to turn e words to great effect.
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Jennifer K. Sweeney is the author of three poetry collections: Little Spells, newly released from New Issues Press, How to Live on Bread and Music, which received the James Laughlin Award, the Perugia Press Prize and a nomination for the Poets’ Prize, and Salt Memory. She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, a grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission, a Hedgebrook residency, the Elinor ...more
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“For the greater strength it takes the woman
who has been pushing an immense rock for years
to walk the opposite direction.”
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