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I'm the Man Who Loves You

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Poetry. "Amy King's mercurial poems capture the instability of cultural, sexual, and poetic identity. In the circuitry of her illuminated, incongruous, but somehow perfectly apt details, 'the alien befits us.' With a nod to Gertrude Stein and Fernando Pessoa, as well as cameos by Frida Kahlo, Maya Deren, and Claude Cahun, Amy celebrates 'the roles' of women even as she red ...more
Published 2007 by BlazeVox
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Amy
Jun 18, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Recommends it for: anyone conscious and a few unconscious
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"Amy King's mercurial poems capture the instability of cultural, sexual, and poetic identity. In the circuitry of her illuminated, incongruous, but somehow perfectly apt details, ""the alien befits us."" With a nod to Gertrude Stein and Fernando Pessoa, as well as cameos by Frida Kahlo, Maya Deren, and Claude Cahun, Amy celebrates ""the roles"" of women even as she redefines them, telling us: ""I put on my long black dream/to live among my female brothers."" Playful, provocative, and frenetic
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Beverly
Jun 22, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Both of Amy's books are winners! What a distinctive style and a wit she's got! I had a wonderful time going through these poems and found myself sort of sledding through, as if sitting on the surface and allowing the work to just trip me from one page to the next. Like nothing I've read before!
David Wolach
Jun 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone, esp. homophobic corporates, were it worth my time...
Recommended to David by: like, a ton of people
Fuck Amazon. King not only deserves the right to be read, as example par excellence of the censorship noted here, but King's poetry is consistently f-ing fantastic. Keeps me going. So what, is this a campaign to kill her readers too?

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Danna
Jun 26, 2007 marked it as to-read
Shelves: poetrycollection
Can't wait to get my copy! The cover art absolutely sold me (before I got to the reviews and the mention of Frida Kahlo).
Tad Richards
Sep 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
Good stuff. Mocking, dancing with meaning, spinning off into solo twists and flirtations with the girls in the room, but always staying within sight or at least hailing distance of her partner.
Paul Siegell
Aug 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Altho only a couple, intriguing are the Wilco references. Definitely got my attention. Intriguing also is the alphabetical setup of the book. Table of contents runs from A to Y. Didn’t notice it until I was around about the Os. I wonder what that must have been like, to order the book that way. Did titles ever change so they fell at a certain point in the book? Or was the decision made and that was that?

Tho not necessarily akin to the overall style of poetry in King’s powerful, challenging and e
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I am saving up so I can get this book real soon.
Dana
May 22, 2008 rated it did not like it
took it back to exchange it for real poems
Ridebaby ride
it's true
Helen
Jan 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
Abstract and Dadaist poetry exploring with humor and metaphor what gender is and how we fit within it.

I found a lot of the imagery very unique and inventive, but nothing really held my attention or begged for a second read. Also, I find poems where the poet used their own name a bit cringeworthy. It's what Kanye West would do if he wrote poetry. King only does it twice in this collection, but both times I had to roll my eyes a little.
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Amy King's most recent book is I Want to Make You Safe (Litmus Press).

Amy also works with VIDA: Woman in Literary Arts, and teaches English and Creative Writing at SUNY Nassau Community College, as well as poetry workshops at such places as the San Francisco State University Poetry Center and the Summer Writing Program @ Naropa University.

Her poems have been nominated for numerous Pushcart Priz
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