Only the title poem uses machine imagery, metaphor, conceit, synecdoche, anything to talk about the body. No other poem. Startling and impressive.
She had some wondrous sound in some of the poems. (She taught me that rhyme without meter is nearly wasted because the ear needs the beat to anticipate the sound/closure.)
I loved all the biological metaphor; it's educated and I apprecia ...more
Disclosure: I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway.
Sometimes I think poems can be read too quickly to understand them fully. The title of this collection is The Body Is No Machine, but these poems need to be well oiled(i.e. read). A slow digest is needed.
A lot of her language and images are wonderful. For example:
"this is the work of all infants: to hold // the world inside them, piece by piece: to turn / each sliver about on the tongue: a shape // in a tangram: a code the child's mou...more
also, this is my fav. poem of hers, which isn't in the book, but as soon as i saw this poem i knew i needed to go out and buy the book:
If Life Gives You Lemons, Make
your mouth into a trough, a spout
from which that sour sauce will pour,
pulp and spittle swimming down your
chin, eyes pinched shut, each acid thought
welling under the tongue. Thin slice
of pain wedged on the salty rim
of your face, let its tart grace skim
your glass ne ...more
"When you sent me that clip
of your voice, I cried. Stupid, I admit
to mourn half an octave,
to elegize vibration..."
There is both grief and guilt in these lines. When Ben started transitioning some fifteen years ago, I first felt mostly ...more
A new poetry book, Again, is forthcoming from Airlie Press in 2020.
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