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Percussion Grenade: Poems & Plays

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  67 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Music and drama as weapons of productive destruction. This collection by prize-winning, massively influential literary star Joyelle McSweeney explodes the twinned and dangerous notions that images are pretty, and that they land predictably. Power struggles in all contexts and the driving ever-presence of a lexicon of puissance make this a bracing read, not for the faint of ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published May 15th 2012 by Fence Books
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Mar 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"Like a sidewalk/made smart with brain matter."

The book's humanism and love for existence manifests in a violent lyric protest against violence. I'm not able at the moment to think of another book of poetry more socially engaged where art does not succumb to political purpose. Having finished Jerome Rothenberg's Khurbn a day earlier, I've found my mind now bent on poetry that touches human life. Of course many folks, even poets or self-appointed poets, won't pick up either of those books. The wo
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Jan 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
It is rare to be instructed upon the opening of a new book just how you are meant to go about reading it. “A-LOUD!” Joyelle McSweeney screams at you from the page. And further instructs the reader to pull hair, roll eyes, to become strange in all possible ways. I was slightly taken aback by this, and didn’t quite know what I was getting myself into but, without shying away, I shook out my fingers, cleared my throat and did as I was told.

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Feb 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It is as if Joyelle McSweeney uses a new word for every word, so that the texts in this new collection sing always new and lively, making it most definitely a book to read and read and read.
Aug 07, 2013 rated it liked it
This book was not really my cup of tea. I could tell, while reading it, that it was probably something certain types of poets/lovers of poets would like. DISCLAIMER: A note in the beginning of the book says the poems in this book should be read outloud. I DIDN'T read them outloud, and kind of wish I'd read the note before I bought the book-- as I wouldn't have bought it, knowing that I wouldn't have read the poems outloud. So maybe I am not really qualified to "rate" this book at all, as I didn' ...more
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Joyelle McSweeney is a poet, playwright, novelist, critic, and professor at the University of Notre Dame. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard before earning an MPhil from Oxford and an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

With Johannes Göransson, McSweeney founded and edits Action Books, an international press for poetry and translation. The press focuses on modern and contemporary works fr

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