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Ruin and Beauty by Deena Metzger
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Feb 12, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: poetry

I saw Deena Metzger read last year and bought this book, and hadn't opened it until last night. I picked it up at random--to a poem called "Hungry Every Morning. It begins:

"The peach tree is content. Each year a limb breaks and
the ground rots with mashed fruit. Nothing to eat
but the weight of it. I want the hunger, the goose cry
of the body streaking North North.

Where's the lusty woman I knew? Even her wine tamed.
Sipping delicate liebfrau, lunch on glass plates,
remembers the squawk of those waterfowl, cunt and cock.

This flesh is tired of its shape. The atoms of my skin
beg to shine with the color red. I want his body.
I am tired of living in the world... "

Now I'm totally hooked. Every poem I've read so far is as beautiful as that. I can't believe this has been sitting on my shelf for a year. I love this voice, this chunky collection of poems representing Metzger's output from the seventies to today, in many poetic forms including prose poetry. Brilliant. I have at least a couple of week's reading here--and I can tell, it's going on the shelf with the poets I read again and again.

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