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Monkey Lightning

2.86 of 5 stars 2.86  ·  rating details  ·  7 ratings  ·  1 review
Poetry. Martha Zweig's fourth collection of poems is her strongest. With a voice and verbal texture like no other contemporary poet's, she transfigures the sonorous traditional English lyric with an audacity that's rugged and unruly but sublimely literary. Zweig's etymological wizardry recalls the intoxicating wordplay of the rustics and faeries in Shakespeare's Midsummer ...more
Paperback, 92 pages
Published February 1st 2010 by Tupelo Press
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"Really, does the world /cry out for narrative?" Maybe so. This line appears in "Random Dirt Road Poem" from Zweig's _Monkey Lightning_. Although many of the poems in Zweig's collection reverberate with word play, the most memorable selections (for me) are the ones that contain stories that surprise.

I have never before read a poem in which a "live / potato" appears on a talk show where questions will be screened by "Elsie...who also / has spread herself wide for somebody's butter / & fork &
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