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3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  71 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
These are pleasure-inducing lamentations with an enticingly experimental edge. They elegize Michigan's Upper Peninsula, the copper mines, tourism, family, amateur radio, winter and much more. These poems are affected by the claustrophobic, half-year Michigan winters, where the nearest city is a four-hour car ride. Monson's is a wildly original mind, creating exotic variati ...more
Hardcover, 95 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by Tupelo Press
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Mar 02, 2010 Valerie rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, male-writer
There is a lot of repetition in Vacationland, but I don't mind, overall. There are three poems titled Vacationland, one in each section of the book. The subjects of the poems and certain lines and concepts are repeated in different poems too. Monson's favorite subjects seem to be snow, scantron tests, axes, trucks, blood, streetlamps, ash.

There are so many elegies in this book. Most are serious for dead friends, and the others are for more general subjects, like luggage, or are love poems disgui
Robert Beveridge
Ander Monson, Vacationland (Tupelo Press, 2005)

Vacationland is a book that will bait and switch you, if you know nothing about it going in. The cover is one of those desperately happy, if somewhat pathetic, postcard images that seventies PR firms created to try and draw tourism to dying areas. You look at that—or I do, anyway—and think “fluff, surface, bubbly sucrose-laden doggerel.” Well, it turns out that Ander Monson consciously chose that cover (I'm assuming a level of control here without w
Mar 10, 2010 Tyler rated it really liked it
I just finished this book, like 2 minutes ago. Maybe, I should wait to write this review.

I have two conflicting thoughts on this book as a whole. One feels like Monson's use of subject matter and language in a repetitious and "different" way adds to the strong emotion of the text. Another feels like these same characteristics leave the text seeming empty of emotion, all rhetoric with no end feeling.

Probably, I felt the first way about 2/3 of the poems and the other about 1/3. I still give it a f
Jun 11, 2013 MartyAnne rated it really liked it

REVIEW: This book has a collection of chapters that are each compelling, but more so when you realize these vignettes are a sequence of revelations. Characters lives touch as they live in or around "Vacationland" so the narrative often overlaps, pieces of the stories where people come together based on being here, at this place, at some time. In fact, time is the one thing both viscerally here and also
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Aug 11, 2013 Kyle Doty rated it did not like it
Way too pretentious. The poems were obviously meant for only himself and a few select people he knew. Some of them were good, but the majority of them were just way too complex like he was trying to prove something to someone out in academia.
Feb 05, 2011 Mely added it
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Companion to Other Electricities. It doesn't stun me the way the novel does, but it has similar moments of loveliness (loneliness) and grief.
Sep 22, 2016 Shannon rated it liked it
Favorite selections:

"Elegy for the End of Winter"
"Vactionland" (from Part 3)
"Grandiose Elegy for D=RT"
Jul 04, 2009 Colleen rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, thesis
Really a 4.5 -- a few misses, but many of these poems are gorgeously wrought, emotionally raw, and sonically masterful.
Jan 11, 2010 James rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry-poetics
Wonderful sonnets in here, "The Blood Says Stun" especially. Good title, huh? Maybe the book is too long: some of the elegies seem like repeats.
Judy Cohoon
I didn't read this book. I cannot get the author to come up. It should be Vacationland by Sarah

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Ander Monson is the author of Vanishing Point; Neck Deep and Other Predicaments, winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize; the novel Other Electricities; and the poetry collections Vacationland and The Available World. He lives and teaches in Arizona and edits the magazine DIAGRAM.

Although Ander is a proud graduate of Knox College, he also received advanced degrees from Iowa State and the Un
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