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Emerald Ice: Selected Poems, 1962-1987

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In 1988, at the age of fifty, Diana Wakoski selected the poems in "Emerald Ice from her first sixteen books of poetry. Here, returned to print at last, are all the famous (and infamous) lyrics, series, 'and narratives that established Wakoski as a mythologizer of sex and self, a fierce free-verse imagist, and "one of the most important and controversial poets in the United ...more
Paperback, 343 pages
Published November 1st 2004 by Black Sparrow Press (first published January 1st 1988)
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Jul 28, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Really genius poetry that sparkles, just like ice. It's like drinking art.
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Shelves: fiction
all she can do is continue to amaze me
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Many of her "poems" are amazing, but they aren't poems in the traditional sense, at least in my opinion. They read like poems and are visually interesting though. Alongside the amazing poems are some that just don't work. Was she trying to fill a book? Was she trying too hard to repeat earlier success? I don't know, but they don't all speak to me. The ones that do speak to me are perfect. So there's that.
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Per the norm for me, Wakoski starts out fairly interesting, then her poems begin to devolve into pure language poetry, a form I do not really care for. I would prefer to read poetry that is a bit more easy to decipher, I don't mind fresh, interesting metaphors and similes, but if the entire language of the poem is what I term: "too inner" I begin to think the poet is grasping, and most definitely simply putting words together to sound clever. I will admit there are some language poets I respect ...more
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Not really a poetry reader, but despite the crazieness, I found Wakoski fun to read.
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A strong collection of oft confessional poetry, but never veering off into Sexton/Plath pathology
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Wakoski is an American poet who is primarily associated with the deep image poets such as Jerome Rothenberg, Robert Kelly, and Clayton Eshleman. Throughout her work she uses legends, myth and fairy tales to create a deeply personal mythology.

She is best known for a series of poems collectively known as "The Motorcycle Betrayal Poems."

Wakoski was given the William Carlos Wi
“Sour Milk

You can't make it
turn sweet
it was an innocent color
like the flowers of wild strawberries,
and its texture was simple
would pass through a clean cheesecloth,
its taste was fresh.
And now
with nothing more guilty that the passage of time
to chide it with,
the same substance
has turned sour and lumpy.

The sour milk
makes interesting & delicious doughs,
can be carried to a further state of bacterial action
to create new foods,
can in its own right
be considered complicated and more interesting in texture
to one who studies it closely,
like a map of the world.

to most of us:
it is spoiled.
We throw it out,
down the drain-not in the backyard-
careful not to spill any
because the smell is strong.
A good cook
would be shocked
with the waste.
But we do not live in a world of good cooks.

I am the milk.
Time passes.
You cannot make it
turn sweet
I sit guiltily on the refrigerator shelf
trembling with hope for a cook
who dreams of waffles,
biscuits, dumplings
and other delicious breads
fearing the modern housewife
who will lift me off the shelf and with one deft twist
of a wrist...
you know the rest.

You are the milk.
When it is your turn
there is nothing more than the passage of time
we can chide you with.”
“I am afraid of talk, having once said "I love you," and not wanting to repeat such a mistake.” 0 likes
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