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Poetry. Lara Glenum was raised in the gothic South, studied at the University of Chicago and the University of Virgina, and now teaches at the University of Georgia. In this entirely unheimlich debut, she enters the stage of American poetry like a Fritz Lang glamor-girl-cum-anatomical-model. Glenum recovers the political intensity and daring of the Surrealist project. "The ...more
Paperback, 64 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by Action Books
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Farren
Grotesque and violent, surreal, absurdist, fantastic. Sabrina Orah Mark with fewer dolls and more animated carcasses -- or Ariana Reines if she told fairy tales:

In the forest of ovaries, crimson trees snap beneath the
weight of their egg sacs. With a large, pearl-covered button, I
fasten the thick flaps of skin over the holes in my abdomen.
There are hairy rivers I will not cross. Dolls climb backwards
out of my mouth...

The Mother-body lives in a black velveteen parlor littered
with anesthesia canist
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Logan
Oct 18, 2007 Logan rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: HOT TOPIC SHOPPERS
If Marilyn Manson was a slightly more sophisticated writer, I imagine this book represents what he'd turn out. It's simply too much affectation, and I didn't buy it. It felt forced and faked. And, to me, it felt this was a book of one or two poems re-written over and over again to fill its 65 pages.

Juliet
Totally up my alley.

Steaming up the shop windows with terrifying, titillating, sexy, sordid gore.

"O his product-line of meaty heaving in snowpiles!'
Avery Houser
In the Hounds of No. Glenum gradually builds the world of No. from an amalgamation of medieval literature, surrealist poetry, critical theory, and pop culture. In each poem she inhabits a different character of No., and as the book progresses we begin to see the connections between the various characters (most notably the Kriemhildes and Sock-Monkeys) build into a cohesive whole.

The characters live fairly grotesque lives, "I sprouted eleven ovaries & nine penises," "I fear my two bodies will
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Sue
Oct 07, 2007 Sue rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: poetry
The Hounds of No shocked me with its adherence to the principles of the Anti-Real, as outlined in the Appendix. I've never read anything like it. I was loaned this book by a friend, who described it as surreal and violent, and I concur with his assessment.

Glenum's pieces as published here are better digested as a whole than the original, piecemeal way I had begun to read it. Usually I'll open a poetry book and randomly select a piece to read. That technique didn't work so well with The Hounds o
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Molly
Nov 24, 2012 Molly rated it 4 of 5 stars
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sew the animals into your stomach (13)
but who can / relax in our republic now that it's laid its terrible eggs on our / tongues (17)
Pomplemoose Pass: famed for its sparkling glass road, which leads directly from the genitals to the cranium (21)
Of to teatime, I muttered, spitting out history like a terrible pill (22)
I whip clouds until they scream birds (32)
At the memorial service, I saw you wearing a tiara, lying in a body bag. The embryos inside you rode around on conveyer belts, shrieking
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Joe
Aug 21, 2010 Joe added it
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Habit of wanting to read first books first but read in the backlight of Maximum Gaga. Missed the rhythm/swagger of, the word invention, sense of surprise but found deranged topographies, pathological victorian interiors, big petrified landscapes--"zinc seahorses, the pig-iron clouds...stepping out onto the museum of the sea, among the obsidian dolphins...the anemones littering / the mica-encrusted shallows." Discursive in a way, do wonder what a tiny self contained Glenum populated Wunderkammer ...more
Ryan Smith
Absolutely incredible book of poetry. Probably one of the more ambitious and refreshing books I've read in a very long time. The aesthetic of the book, I'll call it the 'obscene surreal' because I'm not articulate enough to describe it better than that, is both inspirational and humbling in just how well crafted it is. I often got the feeling of visiting several little words inside a much larger one -- multiple series of poems that can stand on there own but shine with absolute brilliance within ...more
Sara
Apr 23, 2008 Sara added it
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I don't think I can really say I've read this book yet. From what I can tell you must first let its new language "greet" you, and then do it all it again, ideally in a long-during sitting. I read the first half or so over a long spell and then took in the last half in a short period of time. There are times at which I wanted moments of settling down from the alien and intensely eventful language for a breath, but I do think that would weaken the book into inconsistency. I admire it for the bold ...more
M.
Glorious pounding on the textual brain makes me think of the girls I have admired from afar and lots of bloody deer heads floating in a swirl of discipline. Glenum talks a lot about 'excess' and from a theoretical point of view it makes sense but nothing seems excessive in the construction of her poetry, that is the poems form a diegetic whole that makes sense and is pleasure I could blah blah blah a male jouissance but that is not what's important, but maybe it is? These are good, is what I mea ...more
Rachel
...the literary equivalent of "Piss-Christ." It's stuck in my head, so I have to edit my previous review based at least on effectiveness. It's either brilliant or horrid, and is often so on a line-by-line basis.
Maddy
I admire the project but I can't get behind how she uses language, which is a deeply personal reaction & unfair to Glenum.
Carrie
this book scared the crap out of me!
Matt Walker
Aug 22, 2009 Matt Walker rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: goth kids
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abandoned. life's too short.
k
Aug 09, 2013 k rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: poetry
princess meat
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Lara Glenum is the author of four full-length poetry collections: The Hounds of No, Maximum Gaga, Pop Corpse, and All Hopped Up On Fleshy Dumdums. She is also the co-editor of Gurlesque: the new grrly, grotesque, burlesque poetics, an anthology of contemporary women’s poetry and visual art, and the upcoming digital second edition, Electric Gurlesque.

She has been the recipient of a Fulbright Fellow
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