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Why Things Burn by Daphne Gottlieb
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Apr 07, 08

bookshelves: poetry
Read in April, 2008

I'm a fan of voice, of emotional honesty, which this collection is brimming. These poems ring most true when the voice expresses anger, rage, and pain, less so when it expresses political agendas. Gottlieb also experiments with intertext by weaving her lines through found texts such as graffiti on advertising posters and instructions lifted from flyers, books, and pamphlets, which creates some surprising connections in the new artifacts. Less effective, seemed her typographical experiments with the arrangement of white space, the use of capitalization, and with jumbled spelling.
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