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An architecture equally poetry, fairy-tale, autobiography, and fiction, The Room Where I Was Born rebuilds the house of the lyric from fragments salvaged from experience and literature. Though the poems are borne out of the intersection of violence and sexuality, they also affirm the tenderness and compassion necessary to give consciousness and identity sufficient meaning. ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published October 16th 2003 by University of Wisconsin Press (first published October 15th 2003)
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Abraham Hyatt
Mar 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
This is the most disturbing book of poetry I've ever read. It's also one of the best. Teare has a voice unlike anyone; he twists language in a way that defies description. I go to back to the opening poem, "Circa," again and again, just for the joy of watching him do some of his best magic in the space of a single page.
Katie McCleary
May 21, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fairy tale poets
heartbreaking and gorgeous poetry.
secondwomn
Feb 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, 2014
gut punch.
Bea Kim
Mar 03, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves poetry
Haunting and beautiful, Brian Teare's language and rhythm in this book about his childhood builds momentum to the height of fear. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone.
Sps
Jan 05, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry, 800s
This isn't one of those poetry books that cloaks riddles in enigmas or tries to be sparse and spare so you fill in the good bits on your own. If anything, it's baroque, too much. Too much Bruno Bettelheim, too much reliance on linguistic terms as metaphors for for other things, too many thesaurus words, too many em dashes.

But the careful weighting and echoing of words is there. It sounds well. The best poem is the one that led me to the book, "The Word Cock & the Sublime," and the book is e
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Nikki
Jul 03, 2008 rated it it was ok
This book is written from three (autobiographical) perspectives - those of a young male victim of incest, young girls, and a male prostitute in the South. Interesting... but this writing is THICK and full of metaphor, overly descriptive. That I find boring, but that's just me.
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A former National Endowment for the Arts fellow, Brian Teare is the recipient of poetry fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the American Antiquarian Society, the Fund for Poetry, and the Headlands Center for the Arts. He is the author of The Room Where I Was Born, Sight Map, the Lambda-award winning Pleasure, and Companion Grasses, a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Award. His fifth book, The Em ...more
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