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Chez Nous

4.25 of 5 stars 4.25  ·  rating details  ·  24 ratings  ·  3 reviews
What is the language of "home"? What would it mean to be "at home" in language? And what does it mean, in the postmodern world, not to be at home in one's language? These are some of the questions that inform Angie Estes' brilliant new collection, Chez Nous, her first since the prize-winning Voice-Over. The origins of her project lie in Theodor Adorno's comment that in the ...more
Paperback, 72 pages
Published March 15th 2005 by Oberlin College Press
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Shonna Froebel
I came across a review of this book in a copy of The Believer, and it intrigued me, so I bought a copy of the book. I've been reading it slowly, savoring the poetry (and occasionally struggling with the French words included). The poems included here have a relationship to home, whether it is to be at home with language, or with place. The poems use layered meanings to convey themselves and include references to literature and history. I found the poems lyrical and full of meaning. Very enjoyabl ...more
"So much happens / offstage, where the gods make / change" and so much happens in Estes' book. Not all poems are as stunning as "Rage Italic" but Estes is present in every one. Blending Hollywood history, fashion, theater, French language and a sexy syntax, this is a delicious read for the mouth and the ear "finished with a lick / of gold leaf."
Clever. Beyond. Words. Read those three words with any combination (or not) of those punctuation marks and it will still be true about Angie Estes' amazing Chez Nous.
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