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Top of My Lungs

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The acclaimed poetry collection from the bestselling author of Writing Down the Bones. In this powerful collection of writing guru Natalie Goldberg's poetry and paintings, the celebrated author of Writing Down the Bones focuses her attention on the shifting rhythms of interior life in poems that bring a Zen-like insight into the wondrous simultaneity of all things past, ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published April 27th 2004 by Overlook Press (first published 2002)
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Jun 09, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: art, poetry
I didn't like Natalie Goldberg's poetry as much as I thought I would. I didn't understand a lot of it. What the hell is she talking about? I was also confused by the fact she doesn't use end punctuation. No periods. How do we know where a thought ends?

Her paintings are very bright and have a childlike air to them. I neither hate nor love them.

Color me indifferent.
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Though I can't remember details of these particular poems, I always absolutely adore Natalie Goldberg's poetry, her cadence is always flowing and invigorating, her metaphor and imagery vivid and alive. She always inspires me. I think I remember in particular a poem about her grandfather or father in this book but it could have been another.
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction, poetry
Not my fave NG.
Catherine Limbsombe
Feb 08, 2014 rated it liked it
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Wonderful artwork accompanies Goldberg's sweet & mild poems. The intro. reveals the heart of a poet who does not need to prune the world for material, the material - all of the material - is there to inspire her, singing out at her every moment. The human soul is abundant for resources, but the concrete is what transfixes Goldberg. Quite different from the more abstract Carol Lee Sanchez I just read. Goldberg sees continuation in the removable whereas Sanchez sees the allusive psyche as a ...more
Feb 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
I've read all of Natalie Goldberg's books and have waited a long time to get Top of My Lungs so that I could read her poetry. It was very much like what I would have expected after reading her books. Very down to Earth and realistic. I enjoyed it.
This is an example of a journey in pictures and poetry. Memoir and writing from life at the top of your lungs may be the only way to express oneself. This can be used as one author's way of doing expressing that which goes beyond just words.
Feb 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful poems and paintings!
Jan 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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A beautiful book of poetry and art.
Apr 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
So so so good. Jewish and New Mexico. Relevant and bold.
Sep 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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I read Writing Down the Bones and found Dharma Bums, Jack Kerouac and zen. These poems resonated strongly for me. Powerful, moving and somehow still, part of everyday life...
Debbie Petersen Wolven
Aug 08, 2008 rated it liked it
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I am a big fan of Natalie Goldberg. Liked the paintings and poetry in this one but nothing jumped out to me like her other books.
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Natalie Goldberg lived in Brooklyn until she was six, when her family moved out to Farmingdale, Long Island, where her father owned the bar the Aero Tavern. From a young age, Goldberg was mad for books and reading, and especially loved Carson McCullers's The Ballad of the Sad Cafe , which she read in ninth grade. She thinks that single book led her eventually to put pen to paper when she was ...more