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I Am Your Slave Now Do What I Say

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  70 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Poetry. Allusive, oracular, heretical, brash, learned, apocalyptic, astronomical, funny, lustful, and deceptively wise, Anthony Madrid's long-awaited first collection, I AM YOUR SLAVE NOW DO WHAT I SAY, is a book of ghazals that assault conventions while often reading like deranged love letters.
Paperback, 132 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by Canarium Books
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Steven Critelli
Mar 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Of late Anthony Madrid seems inextricably linked with Michael Robbins, whom he met at the University of Chicago where both attained their Ph.D.’s. Robbins has been one of Madrid’s high profile boosters and for good reason. They obviously share common interests and pedagogical roots, as well as a similar sensibility. However, from a historical point of view (yes, I think we need to say that what is happening here is significant for poetry), their relationship is more important for their poetic la ...more
Kevin Lawrence
Sep 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
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What an unexpected delight! I suspect Madrid is a fervid Berryman fan; just as the Dream Song self-forged sonnettesque form helped reign in Berryman's manic-depressive range of voice as well as help build the overall architecture of Dream Songs as a book, Madrid has devised his own ghazal-like form that gives him enough room to be caustically witty but sometimes touchingly personal without feeling like those two impulses are tearing the whole poems apart or at odds with one another (in part beca ...more
Joseph
May 08, 2012 rated it liked it
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Canarium Books is a Berkeley-based publisher of quality poetry, and we are so excited to be working with them. They make beautifully-designed paperback books that put other publishers to shame, and I Am Your Slave Now Do What I Say, the bizarre and fascinating debut by Chicago poet Anthony Madrid, is certainly no exception. The poems are something like a series of lucid, impassioned rants, in a style informed by the “ghazal” — which, for uncultured barbarians like mysel
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Vicky
Nov 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
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I admire both his courage and his control. His poems take a second breath to get used to, but once his style is understood (as much as it can be), his mastery of rhythm and false randomness becomes apparent.
Dana Jerman
Jun 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Here's a man who is doing so much for poetry right now. A dedicated teacher and genuine expert in the realm of words and ideas. Expect more great things and soon from the ever self-effacing Mr. Madrid.
Joe
Jun 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
oh, MADRID, your 580 stophes were well received.
these aren't all conventional ghazals, but enjoyable.
Heather
Jul 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I was smitten with this book. It even uses rhyme, and strives toward all that heart and sentiment and humor in an intelligent form. That's what makes this so damn impressive.
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