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Here Be Monsters
by Colin Cheney
In his debut collection, Colin Cheney maps an American landscape of New York rooftop gardens, occupied Iraq, and crumbling New England farms. In poems inhabited by Charles Darwin and climate scientists, Beethoven and Elliott Smith, the reader finds a way to navigate the beauty and fears native to modern life. One sees in Cheney’s poetry the convergence of the urban and the ...more
Paperback, 81 pages
Published April 15th 2010 by University of Georgia Press
(first published 2010)
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I love this book a lot. I'm often resistant to this kind of poetry--poetry that requires the constant looking-up of its references to mythology, biology, history, music--but something about Cheney's weaving together of all these facts and histories with the vulnerable and personal wins me over. There's a lot of ekphrasis here, both in the traditional sense of poet-writes-about-painting, and in the use of song, architecture, gardening, filmmaking--all these different arts as a means to one anothe ...more
Not my favorite. Very confusing to me. Couldn't get into it, couldn't follow anything--the confusion that kept happening made me think that there must be something deeper going on that I wasn't getting. Not sure, ultimately, that that's the case. Pretty sometimes.