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In a Dream, I Dance by Myself, and I Collapse is equal parts experimental novel, half-charred psychiatric file, and self-help poetry book, highly fragmented yet woven together by recursive skeletons: lovers tossing wine down the river while contending with ghosts; a train-hopper who hides pens inside a drum; jails trying to escape themselves; people dying all over Boston; ...more
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Published June 28th 2016 by Civil Coping Mechanisms
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Clay Banes
Jun 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fevered, funny, a little crazy, and always compassionate. This is an endearing, intriguing, topsy-turvy read. I loved it!
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Carolyn Zaikowski’s latest hybrid fiction work, In a Dream, I Dance by Myself, and I Collapse, published in 2016 by Civil Coping Mechanisms, defies categorization in every way. It’s poetry and prose, experimentation and analysis. It’s a haze of impressions and thoughts – the kind you never share aloud because they couldn’t possibly make sense to anyone else. They barely make sense to you.

Yet somehow – in a messy whirlwind of images, feelings, questions, memories, and lies – In a Dream, I Dance b
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Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Carolyn Zaikowski's writing is mesmerizing—at once soft and powerful, taut and expansive. These words cut like steel but are full of heart. IN A DREAM, I DANCE BY MYSELF, AND I COLLAPSE breaks rules in a way that's wildly invigorating; if the book is difficult to categorize, it's just because everybody else is oceans and light-years and galaxies behind what Zaikowski is doing.
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this book is serious self aggrandizing nonsense. not worth the $15.
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Carolyn Zaikowski is the author of the hybrid novels In a Dream, I Dance by Myself, and I Collapse (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2016) and A Child Is Being Killed (Aqueous Books, 2013). Her fiction, poetry, and essays have been published in The Washington Post, Denver Quarterly, The Rumpus, Entropy Magazine, The Huffington Post, Everyday Feminism, Dusie, PANK and elsewhere. She holds an MFA in Creativ ...more