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Adam Robison and Other Poems

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Poetry. "Not only my favorite title of the year, but this is also a book I have been waiting to hold in my hands with great anticipation for quite some time--as a friend, yes, but more so in language glee. Adam can truly speak it in a way I have never heard anyone else speak. This is going to be one to drink milk in bed with"--Blake Butler. "From trompe l'oeil title to ano
Paperback, first, 88 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by Narrow House (first published 2010)
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Apr 28, 2010 Adam rated it it was amazing
Jan 08, 2012 Joe rated it it was amazing
"Curtis Ebbesmeyer, Leading Authority on Flotsam," "I'm Going to have sex with these people," and "Party on Excellent Man" are poems I never get tired of hearing or rehearsing in my head." I'm going to keep this book around for when reading poems makes me feel stupid and slow and that it is my fault that I cannot describe what a poem is about on any level. Adam's poems deal with their subjects--"Glenn Tipton," "That Movie Downfall"--through series of direct, often funny, disarming propositions. ...more
Joseph Young
Feb 17, 2010 Joseph Young rated it it was amazing
This book is a sure furthering of the American experiment of poetry. Pick whatever gigantor of colloquial you will and ARAOP is son, father, brother or cousin to him, her, and that.
May 14, 2010 CA rated it it was amazing
This book is marvelous, genius fun. Here's a poem to convince you:


Everyone seems really good
People are so beautiful man
Take for example this lady on the bus
Take everybody on the bus
Don't forget to take the driver for example
All so beautiful all these people with like their coats and foibles

Take everyone outside walking a dog
Take their dogs they're nice people you know what I'm saying

If you're on the bus heading in the wrong neighborhood who's more scared you
There's a lot of brilliance here, from the haunting/hilarious somber cover portrait to the typo-ready title and finally, the poems. Robi(n)son likes to walk the garish line between high-brow intellect and low-brow dudeisms. I like the dudeisms best. All in all, this is a delicious book.
Jun 18, 2010 Robert rated it it was amazing
Loved this book:

I don't know what poetry is
But if you tell me it's like
"A tapeworm is an animal that
Loves another animal"
Then cool I like poetry
But if you tell me "Oh no not that"
Well then I too dislike it
Mar 27, 2010 Rupert rated it it was amazing
Strong refreshing voice of a heart and mind made free. Has the feel of a great Ted Berrigan where the poet is sitting right down next to you and cheering you up with a great conversation.
Apr 26, 2010 Daniel rated it it was amazing
i really enjoyed reading this book. it's bizarre, funny, and at times very lovely. adam is the good kind of smartass.
Matt Jasper
Apr 18, 2010 Matt Jasper rated it it was amazing
Innovative, fun, great. Will try to review at length later.
Ricky Garni
Sep 19, 2010 Ricky Garni rated it it was amazing
Smart and suavey and delicious, just like I like poetry. Sorry. Just like I love poetry. I keep this particular one nearby and handy as a life raft for anyone who might need it--bad birthdays, sundays, mortal weight, tribulation, etc. You know, when the world starts to lack the poetry that we should never lack in the first place or should it be siphoned off alarmingly for reasons that shouldn't exist in the first place, Thank God we have a refuge and someone to watch our proverbial backs.

Dec 04, 2010 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
I found out about this book a few weeks ago when Adam Robinson came to Lawrence and did a reading. I loved the performance so much I bought a book from him. The book itself is very good and a lot of fun to read, several poems made me laugh, and several poems made me think. His incredibly nonchalant and informal way of writing is what grabbed my attention. He seems to combine elements of stand up comedy to his performance (most evident in "Curtis Ebbesmeyer, Leading Authority on Flotsam") and thi ...more
Matthew Savoca
Apr 30, 2010 Matthew Savoca rated it really liked it
i liked reading this book even though i didn't know much about a lot of the people that were referenced. at times it felt like hovering near the ceiling of a room in which there was a person with a very full head trying to do something to the floor with their thumb and forefinger, but i couldn't tell what, but was still interested and watching attentively. other times it felt kind of like being totally unafraid of petting a hippopotamus. i mean it. a lot of other feelings passed through as well. ...more
Sep 21, 2012 W. rated it liked it
The title is actually "Adam Robison and Other Poems" - by the poet Adam Robinson. That's important. I read this book a couple of years ago, and found it a bit precious, but entertaining, refreshing. I think I lost the book, sadly, so I can't say much more. I remember "Adam Robison" is sort of a character, or persona that the poet puts on. Maybe the preciousness is part of the persona. I remember I really liked the poem "Glenn Tipton" - kids who grew up in the 1980s will esp. relate
Jan 13, 2011 Iris rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book. But I didn't realize it's full power until I took it home with me over Winter Break and would leave it laying around different parts of different houses. It wouldn't be long before someone (my mom, dad, sister, a friend) would come up to me, with this book open, and say "Hey, read this one." This book is not only incredibly smart and, at times, unbearable touching, but welcoming in the rarest way.
Apr 27, 2010 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
Ian McKaye told me these poems unite a literary ensemble cast with a benevolent I AM. He told me that linguistic pioneering doesn't preclude a good story, and that no matter how meta things get, the characters on Robinson's bus are their own people and ravishing. He told me I'd wish I wrote 'em. Correctamundo Ian.
Sep 19, 2012 Tracy rated it it was amazing
I read this in one sitting
one sitting on a stationary bike
at the gym
I didn’t sweat on it
you can borrow it
I had ten pages left
but I read them right away
Dec 10, 2010 Steven rated it it was amazing
I couldn't write a smart, funny poem to save my life, but in Robinson's book the poems seem effortless and are often times over-flowing with brilliance.
Tyler Crumrine
Apr 06, 2013 Tyler Crumrine rated it it was amazing
Adam Robinson is a cool guy, and this is a very good book. Feel like I learned something. A lot of somethings.
Jan 09, 2013 Dan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: awesome
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