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The gauze of James Pate’s nightmare, critical & cinematic beauty keeps rising & falling on a “crimson couch,” “a scarlet curtain” & a “crisp red light”—like Homer’s rosy-fingered dawn. & like Homer the language is measured, simple & deliberate. Noble. But detonates in “torturous rampaging music”—in the “the lemon of the pig. The glory and run-off of the pig.” The nightmare ...more
Paperback, 124 pages
Published June 11th 2013 by Civil Coping Mechanisms
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David
Aug 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was struck by how film-like the images in these poems are. I react to them on a visual level completely separately from processing the words. I get a visceral level of enjoyment from that, the same kind of visceral enjoyment I get from the shading and lighting in black and white films separate from what is going on. Not that I don't appreciate the words (the interesting use of repetition, connecting themes, juxtaposition, and so on), because I do. It's just that my reactions to these poems are ...more
Leigh Koonce
Jul 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this collection. The language was fluid and created very vivid images.
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Jun 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The mania of any film exists in the minds that believe its effect ends once the ending credits roll.
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One of the best books of poetry I've read this year. ...more
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My poetry teacher. My favorite book of his!
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There are so many styles and modes at work in the 119 pages of James Pate’s The Fassbinder Diaries that you begin to feel kidnapped. There are many processes and perspectives turned on and left running all at once. The book begins with the description of some cryptic film populated by glass shards and mangled bodies; then suddenly we are watching others watch a Pasolini film before they go to bed; then, just as quickly, we are in the memory of another movie, full of elderly nuns and a masturbati ...more
Stephan
Aug 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A collection of prose poems that weave in and out of the lives of two film critics/lovers. Highly memorable, with staticky language and gray-toned scenelets reminiscent of provocative foreign art films.
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Jul 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Best poetry book released 2013.
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Interesting collection of poems that work like a collage. Many of the poems are from series and seem to be reconfigurations of each other. There is an ambiance that pervades the collection that reminds me of a grimey feeling noir without the detectives and a hyper-active use of chiascuro.
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James Pate is a fiction writer and poet. He was born in Memphis, lived many years in Chicago, and now lives in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

He is the author of THE FASSBINDER DIARIES (Civil Coping Mechanisms), FLOWERS AMONG THE CARRION (Action Books), and the forthcoming crime novel SPEED OF LIFE (280 Steps).

He has had work published in Black Warrior Review, Blue Mesa Review, Berkeley Fiction Revi
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