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Advice for Lovers: City Lights Spotlight #7

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Inspired by Ovid's instructional Ars Amatoria, with overtones of Renaissance sonnet cycles, Advice for Lovers is a highly wrought volume of poems. Intricately formal but saucy and contemporary in diction, Advice for Lovers walks a fine line between the anything-goes orthography of the Elizabethans and the shifting etymologies of James Joyce. Sexy, kinky, disquieting, Advic ...more
Paperback, 98 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by City Lights Publishers (first published April 10th 2012)
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Apr 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Brolaski’s distressed and gilded englyssche can go “Hellespontine onna Trojan sibyl” but knows how “to be a common man in a dent truck.” It also knows that form’s for feigning, feigning fucking, and “to feign—not to fuck a form, Arnault/Is making shoddy deals.” Don’t let the four-letter fun fool you though; the advice here is really how “to hold a thorny thing tenderly,” salt mixed with sweet in “surly chivalry,” and to swoon without forgetting that “Love poetry is about knowing your references. ...more
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"Truly, these poems—all those in the book—are great, the naughtiest ones just happen to also rank among the most superbly supple display of an embrace of lyric language to be found in the work of any contemporary younger poet. Brolaski's gifted play of alliteration and syllabic deft shines with this collection. The power is immediate and raw."

-Patrick James Dunagan

"Sensuous in dawn, daylight, dusk and night, Julian's new book Advice for Lovers is a primrose-rich , self-indicating rite of passage
Feb 06, 2013 added it
Dirty, but somehow really intellectual too. If you're getting hot while remembering Ovid, something unusual is happening...
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Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
These poems have the kind of Nabokovian, Joycean, Lorrie Moore-ean fun with words that they make you notice that the authors last last name is an almagation of "bro" and "lass" - which is appropriate, given that xe is genderneutral/genderqueer and really plays on all (not just both - all) sides in the game of desire. The poetry is sometimes more witty and funny than truly erotic - there's no dripping anything, really - but they are very sexy and just great fun all around. I feel kind of drunk af ...more
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