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4.31  ·  Rating details ·  39 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Poetry. African American Studies. Following the successful reception of her first book, THE SHINING MATERIAL, comes Aisha Sasha John's THOU, a powerful collection of three long, narrative poems exploring the social space that exists between the self and others. Using the language that connects these two states of being, THOU investigates the idea of "you"--what it is and w ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published April 15th 2014 by Book Thug
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Oct 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Best book I've read in a long time.
Erin Emily
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was ok

A poem in THOU that truly speaks to the collection as a whole is “I saw the stars” (37). This book is humorous and scatological, and after reading it I am still unsure of how seriously it takes itself. “I saw the stars/ and I came after them/ They are/ many raisins,” seems to me, to be a satirical take on “Instagram poetry.” Much of THOU enacts the “form” of Instagram poetry: the short lines in a short poem, the somewhat misshapen line breaks, the lack of depth and imagery, and the simplicity. H
Alex Kennard
Jan 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In I and Thou Hasidic thinker Martin Buber describes a way of relating to other people (& so the divine) that he divides into two modes: I-Thou & I-It. In the I-Thou mode, you approach the other as a being with existence separate and distinct from you and engage with them as such. The I-It relationship is something more akin to interacting with someone as though they were an object. Buber argues people act in both modes depending on the context of the moment, but no one ever acts in only ...more
sami al-khalili
Sep 26, 2017 rated it liked it
The very impressionable, bawdy scenes of Aisha Sasha John's work left me hacking sometimes, laughing at others, and generally dissatisfied with the writing. At first, I thought I tasted some Bukowski, but it isn't bitter enough, nor as real, and yet, I, dumbfounded at the mundanity of most of the poetry, continued on hoping for more. I was wrong.

If it weren't for the personal sensitivities and illustrations of trauma funneled through a caption of bite-size poems, I'd drop the book, but there so
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I am sorry that I hate you because you hate me

because I hurt you because you hurt me because you are human in a
way that
disturbs me to the extent you strategize differently

than I do for a similar lack.
Feb 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: canada, black, arab, africa, poetry
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Heart Song 1 4 Nov 08, 2014 02:32PM  
Aisha Sasha John is a dance improviser and poet. She was born in Montreal, but spent most of her childhood in Vancouver, and currently lives in Toronto. John has a BA in African Studies and Semiotics from the University of Toronto and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph. Her first book, The Shining Material, was published by BookThug in 2011.

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