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Poetry. This book of poems features Svalina's 60+ page epic, "Above the Fold," about which he notes: The poem is about the process of watching things happen in your name both across the globe & in front of you, & the ingestion of media images that represent the state of the world & its publicities & privacies of pain. People do awful things to one another & ...more
Paperback, 125 pages
Published December 31st 2012 by Subito Press
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Noah
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
as innovative as anyone writing today
Joe
Aug 02, 2013 added it
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//A big book--like John Beer's The Wasteland in reverse: beginning with a long sequence and ending with a section of individual poems that show off Svalina's range. And also apparently an exception to his other books, which are more sequence-y / concept driven. The little chap I have from Cupboar, for instance, is a catalog of children's games intent on revealing how psychotic most children's games are.

//A book of obsessions and returns, sometimes taking romantic form. But also of restlessness,
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Brendon Hertz
Nov 13, 2014 rated it liked it
I truly loved a select few of the poems in this collection: "She Uses Her Pinky Finger When She Types" was great, for instance. Having been a huge fan of Svalina's Creation Myths, I was looking for something a little bit less sprawling and more contained. I'm used to his tight themes and steady tone throughout. Whenever I thought I'd give up on this one, it did give me something to keep going.
J.A.
Dec 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Svalina has a superb and uncanny ability to line up words in massively unexpected ways, yet those same words topple like dominoes - easily - when he wants and in the direction he has designed. Wonderful.
Travis
Dec 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Successfully navigates the tightrope good poetry strings between the harrowing and the delightful aspects of language. A rare feat.
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