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A Mouth in California

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Poetry. A MOUTH IN CALIFORNIA, Graham Foust's fourth book of poetry, uses the ironies and anxieties of contemporary life as a foil for mordant and sometimes violent humor. Through mangled aphorisms, misheard song lyrics, and off-key phrasing, Foust creates a unique idiom of tragicomic pratfalls, a ballet of falling down. Yet the elasticity of Foust's language repels the st ...more
Paperback, 71 pages
Published December 1st 2009 by Flood Editions (first published 2009)
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An extended review here would be de trop, because Ange Mlinko did such a stellar job in The Nation (as she always does). I thought, "Ooh ooh! I should point out the clever torque Foust gives to Pope's funny, insulting dog collar couplet at the end of his self-excoriating 'My Graham Foust,' but Ange had already been there. That's the strongest poem in here. Okay, even if that's a lie, it's the poem you'll most remember because of its musicality, its humor and its strong evocations of nearly forgo ...more
Here Graham Foust scuttles the reticence that marked his first three volumes, and finds a discursive mode within a fairly loose, tetrameter rhythm; the poems frequently fail to be about anything other than the poet's self-estrangement, but there are crucial exceptions, worth seeking out in the author's longest book yet: "Outbox", "Happening Pastoral", "My Graham Foust", and "Their Early Twenties."

Ange Mlinko, in an essay in The Nation called "Gramaphoons,"

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