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Boxelder Bug Variations: A Meditation on an Idea in Language and Music

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Paperback, 104 pages
Published January 12th 1993 by Milkweed Editions (first published January 12th 1985)
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PlatKat
Dec 31, 2010 PlatKat rated it it was amazing
One of my friends at the aquarium bought this for a dollar at Half Price Books. Everything about nature seems to interest her, so why not? I don't know how we got to talking about box elder bugs. I haven't thought about them since I was a kid, collecting them off the side of my friend's house, giving them names (usually Moe), and drawing pictures of them. Although this book alludes to their "variations," I can assure you every drawing looked the same. When you like to draw, but can't do it very ...more
Barb
Apr 02, 2009 Barb rated it liked it
Recommends it for: musicians, poets
Shelves: poetry
Bill Holm has a way of making the insignificant and even annoying interesting. The book encourages the reader to go further than passive reading -- to fully appreciate what is there, one needs to play/read music, speak out loud, and interact with the world. Somehow his writing bounces the reader more fully back into life.
Amelia
Jan 29, 2008 Amelia rated it it was ok
This is so strange - boxelder bugs and music. Boxelder bugs and poetry. Meditation and boxelder bugs. Unfortunately, while several segments shine on their own, Holm lets his smug, showy tone distract from the book's content.
Rachel Coyne
Mar 22, 2014 Rachel Coyne rated it it was amazing
Musical. A favorite line -
Those who save half of what they own feel one pleasure/those who spend everything they have feel another/And who is to say which is the greatest pleasure
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Bill Holm was an American poet, essayist, memoirist, and musician.

Holm was born on a farm north of Minneota, Minnesota, the grandson of Icelandic immigrants. He attended Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, Minnesota where he graduated in 1965. Later, he attended the University of Kansas.

Holm won a Fulbright and went to Iceland for a year, which stretched into longer. He continued to visit I
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