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Barter: Poems

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  41 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
"Barter exchanges history for myth, direct speech for epistles, activity for observation . . . breathtaking." —Claudia Rankine

Felix the Rat's hind feet
could be Barbie hands—
same pink, same
injection-molded seaming.—from "Electronica"

The poems in Barter, Monica Youn's exciting first collection, negotiate transactions between scarcity and excess, pornography and abstraction
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Paperback, 64 pages
Published May 1st 2003 by Graywolf Press (first published 2003)
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Juli Anna
Sep 12, 2013 rated it liked it
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Not as good as Ignatz, but there are still some gems. Youn is a very generous and fair poet--she uses every device in the book, tries on every poetic hat, and gets away with nearly all of them. Poems are incredibly varied in form and content. This definitely feels like a first book, but it's still a damn good one.
Charlotte
Jan 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
I really love this. I particuarly light the two Night Ferry to Naxos poems, and also this one:

Labor Day

A glass of tap water that tasted like bruise;
her bronze-stockinged feet overflowed her white shoes.
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