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Necessary Stranger

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  199 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Poetry. Graham Foust's third book offers agile poems of dread and humor. Robert Creeley writes, "These poems move in close to luxuriant circles, round and round each particular syllable, neither hurrying nor dragging behind--just there. At times there seems an almost physical presence to them, a third dimension, which is substance." Foust is also the author of AS IN EVERY ...more
Paperback, 65 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by Flood Editions (first published 2006)
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Mar 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Here's Graham Foust at mid-tempo: "A person | may see uncertain things | when in pain." Here he's neither in the allegro of sincere, a modality he generally approaches through the pastoral appropriation of unquoted song-lyrics ("it's not unusual to be loved by anyone," he lifts from Les Reed and Gordon Mills, who wrote the Tom Jones hit, using Foust's favorite trope, litotes, the double-negative of lessening), nor in the witty adagios of hyperbole ("The way the days gray | over is almost | a sys ...more
Jul 15, 2007 rated it it was amazing
I think this is his "humor" phase - a lot of funny going on -doesn't quite have the silence within the poems that many in leave the room to itself have altho there are some cool moments.
Ryan Smith
Dec 05, 2008 rated it liked it
Hmm, really torn on this book. For every couple of poems that made me think 'One star', I'd hit one that floored me and reached well past even a 5-star rating.

I'm a fan of very pared-down, abstract poetry, but the pieces in this book were just hit and miss with me; sometimes I just felt like I needed a little more, while at other times things were stunning and completely took my head off.

I feel like I really need to read more of Foust's poetry, perhaps, to get a feel for him.
Jun 17, 2013 rated it liked it

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Jun 17, 2016 rated it did not like it
Without a doubt this is the most horrendous collection of poetry I have ever read.
Jul 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Graham Foust: kicking me right in the teeth and the gut at the same time, all week long.
Nov 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Yes. THIS time reading Foust's work, I felt it.
L'abbe C
Feb 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is HOT!
Sep 14, 2007 rated it liked it
More tight, enjoyable little poems with that same confidence showed in AS IN EVERY DEAFNESS. However, this book was too much of a "collection" to warrant more than 3 stars. It just wasn't as interesting as the other book.
Andrew Miller
Sep 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Very abstract to the point of feeling like I didn't always have enough context to get comfortable in the text, but maybe that's the point of being a "necessary stranger."
May 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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