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Crush by Richard Siken
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Oct 18, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: poetry
Read from November 02 to 08, 2011

From the foreword by Louise Gluck: "This is a book about panic. ... Crush is the best example I can presently give of profound wildness that is also completely intelligible."

This slim volume is some of the best poetry I've read in ages. All about love (undeserved/unrequited), punishment, escape, and the desire to have someone tell you it will all be okay so forcefully that you have no choice but to believe them. I guess I'm really yearning for that myself right now, so it resonated deep.

"He was not dead yet, not exactly--
parts of him were dead already, certainly other parts were still only waiting
for something to happen, something grand, but it isn't
all about me,
he keeps saying, though he's talking about the only heart he knows--

He could build a city. Has a certain capacity. There's a niche in his chest where a heart would fit perfectly
and he thinks if he could just maneuver one into place---
well then, game over."

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