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Denny Smith (Stories)

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The stories in DENNY SMITH use events in the life of Robert Gluck as a ground for the expansion of empathy and intellect. These events include burglary, sex, conversation, reading, humiliation, child raising, and porn. Gluck's previous books include MARGERY KEMPE and JACK THE MODERNIST, both newly available from SPD. "Flaubert says in a letter to Louise Colet that good pro ...more
Paperback, 267 pages
Published January 1st 2003 by Clear Cut Press
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Dec 09, 2010 rated it liked it
The terrain between prose and poetry is pretty harsh: a work must be balanced in both accounts in order for it to be... something. Here, the prose is too intelligent & the poetry is too. It cannot be that the brain and the heart are the same thing... well, only in certain circumstances. This NOT being one of them.

That being said, there is an enviable easiness with words here, an obvious love of language. There's no story here, only snippets. Some sentences are so clever that they probably to
May 05, 2008 rated it really liked it
the sex
Feb 22, 2008 rated it liked it
I picked this book up mainly because of its size and the simplicity of the front cover artwork. I find that it's perfect to tuck away in a overcoat pocket when I travel by public transit and am not carrying a manbag. I last read some of his stories a couple weeks ago and found myself blushing on the train. The first two shorts were almost toeing the line of pornography. Not that there's anything wrong with that. ;-) To be continued...
May 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: gay, short-stories
It was difficult to penetrate the strangely cold and obtuse poetic language and I'm not sure if it was worth the effort. Only one story lit up: "Miss American Pie" which would be well worth anthologizing.
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Oct 02, 2007 rated it really liked it
We can never hope to understand everything in Mr. Gluck's head but we can relish him anyway. He is a fantastic, quirky, darkish, hilarious, experimental Bay Area writer.
Apr 24, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone except denny smith

different ways to think/write about the relationship between fiction and autobiography.....and queer kinship.
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Born in Cleveland, poet, fiction writer, editor, and New Narrative theorist Robert Glück grew up there and in Los Angeles. He was educated at the University of California, Los Angeles, the University of Edinburgh, the College of Art in Edinburgh, and the University of California, Berkeley, where he earned a BA. He also studied writing in New York City workshops with poet Ted Berrigan and earned an ...more
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