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A Hummock in the Malookas

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A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year; winner of the 1994 National Poetry Series. In the singular landscape of Matthew Rohrer's first book of poems, the weather, the food, even the household appliances come to life. "A few pages into this book," says the Minneapolis City Pages, "and you'll start glancing sideways at the terrain, which . . . looks suddenly vital." These ...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published November 17th 1996 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published February 1st 1991)
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Zach
Aug 12, 2008 Zach rated it really liked it
What a fine debut!
Jacob
Although this book is no Leaves of Grass, it still has its devotees and this review should be a poetic close and maybe a squashing of some word that begins with B like a squashing of beets and a squashing of beans or a squashing of beetles but rather it is an opening much like a wound opens or one peels a scab or one opens a door or one finds oneself reading a book in a chair asking the world that it open more still to give off more light. And the response is always, ah, that's better. And in ...more
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Jul 05, 2012 Eric T. Voigt Voigt rated it it was amazing
Shelves: summer-twelve
Sitting on a private beach I don't have the property rights to burning the hell out of my belly. That's how I read this. Hiding out in my room with the fan on in addition to the air conditioning because it was in the high 80s still in the middle of the night. I also read this book in that situation. This book's Summer. This book's great. Rohrer Binge to continue merrily.
Donald Armfield
Sep 02, 2013 Donald Armfield rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
This is my second collection of Matthew Rohrer poetry. An award winning collection from National Poetry Series. He pens out
"Inside the egg something is laughing" and "From a mosaic found in the basilica" absurdity, a little bit of love and much more. Great collection. My favorites listed below.

After the performance
Drama
Conflagration
Cribbage Rules
Rat
When I cut off my hand
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C
Apr 25, 2010 C rated it really liked it
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especially
"the empty locket"
"to a croatian poet"
"drama"
"rat"
"found in the museum of old science"
"will the red hand throw me"
"ah yes, that question"
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Shelves: poetry
Didn't finish, but based on what I read, I'll give it 2 3/4 stars.

It's not that it's bad; just not my style.
paulA neves
Feb 22, 2011 paulA neves rated it liked it
Not my thing in poetry but I appreciate what Rohrer's doing in this, his first collection when he was just a wee poet with promise fresh out of the Iowa Writer's Workshop.
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Matthew Rohrer is the author of Destroyer and Preserver (forthcoming from Wave Books in 2011), A Plate of Chicken (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2009), Rise Up (Wave Books, 2007) and A Green Light (Verse Press, 2004), which was shortlisted for the 2005 Griffin Poetry Prize. He is also the author of Satellite (Verse Press, 2001), and co-author, with Joshua Beckman, of Nice Hat. Thanks. (Verse Press, 2002), ...more
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“And there I was with the stars hanging above my house like live wires
and the night sky the color of stockings.

I stuck out my tongue to taste the sky
but could not taste.

I inhaled deeply
but could not smell.

I used to look to the sky for comfort
and now there was nothing, not even a seam,
and I looked down and saw that it did not even reach the ground.

And my only company was the satellites counting their sleep”
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