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Wild Tongue by Rebecca Seiferle
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May 07, 09

Recommended to Lisha Adela by: always been moved by her work
Recommended for: serious lovers of the craft..
Read in May, 2009, read count: 1

The powers of observation that transcend hyper reality and go inward to revelation, learning and spirit, is the trademark of Rebecca Seiferle's work. This book is one of the greatest gifts to art. Mary Ruefle, take notice please. "It is not the desire to wound, but the desire for perfection that makes one gnaw upon oneself." Truer words about life and its intersection with art have never been spoken. She talks about relationships, her dead brother, her parents, her lovers (old and new) and she sums it all up with, "for every relationship is a kind of war, in which you either fight with the one you love or fight with yourself on behalf of the other."

Almost every poem has the word "tongue" in it and yet it is never used in the same way twice. It is the way to experience the world through the sense of taste, of informing the rest of the body through the tongue. Through what we say, taste, lick, observe etc. This is a long book and their is not one filler poem. It is a book that is to be relished a few pages at a time. I just want to let it rest for awhile and then go back, again and again. What a triumph.
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