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Own Face

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First published in 1978 by United Artists, "Own Face" represents a growing shift of that period of Coolidge's career from a more structurally based, abstract writing to a more personal and lyrical work. In this long out-of-print collection, one can glimpse an important shift in Coolidge's remarkable poetic career, spanning over twenty-seven years and twenty-three book ...more
Paperback, 88 pages
Published November 1st 1993 by Sun and Moon Press
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There're 41 ratings to this, now 42, w/ an average of 4.81. Will wonders never cease. Why? As I picked this as my next bk to read I found myself imagining myself thinking: "Why, of all the bks I have laying around to be read, have I picked this?" Maybe b/c it's short & doesn't involve a big investment of time, maybe b/c Coolidge continues to fascinate me even though, in one, sense, I don't really 'get much out of his writing'. As I was reading it, it struck me that, even though I have ...more
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Shelves: poetry
But it says nothing. And one is as quiet
as if to say nothing moves me. Then
there is the chair. And one speaks of
the chair sitting at the table.
Scraping against surfaces, opening the mouth.
The object is a piece of thing before. One
shifts in a chair and opens the talk.
And the time it says nothing one moves.
The table is too long as the wall. Not
a thing but it stays and one opens
as a mouth will begin. Speaking of
the table, nothing but to avoid that of
the wall. One could return over and over
to the
Feb 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Whoa was this excellent!

This collection hit all my buttons dead on. Immensely creative, thought provoking, playful, fun, wacky and, at times, profound. Great, great writing.
Jul 20, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
This is an all-time classic of American poetry, which I have read and re-read constantly for over ten years. I think Coolidge hits his high point here.
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Coolidge attended Brown University, where his father taught in the music department. After moving to New York City in the early 1960s, Coolidge cultivated links with Ted Berrigan and Bernadette Mayer. Often associated with the Language School his experience as a jazz drummer and interest in a wide array of subjects including caves, geology, bebop, weather, Salvador Dalí, Jack Kerouac and movies, ...more
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