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A Civic Pageant

4.62  ·  Rating details ·  13 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
A pageant of selves leads to the conclusion that a perfect, unfragmented self is a mirage.
Paperback, 39 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Black Lawrence Press (first published 2009)
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Zach
Feb 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I love poetry of startling insight. I love poetry without pretension, when in a common voice it creates profundity. There is a moment of "wow," or more rightly of "oh shit," in the poems that I love, and Montesonti delivers on that front in nearly every entry of this too-brief collection. He has a knack for saying things in such a perfect way that any other description of the same thing suddenly becomes inadequate. Sometimes he does this by pointing out the inadequacy of language itself - "there ...more
Kathleen
Sep 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
A Civic Pageant by Frank Montesonti

Read this one based on Sarah's recommendation and loved it. Precise and astonishing language. Linear and nonlinear thought/time perfectly natural on the page. Experience rendered in unique language in such a way that I recognize it, impossibly, as my own experience while reading it--as if it could happen in no other way.

Plus, often funny! When I first started reading this, I thought I would now see life as a film, or hear a voiceover constantly, but different things kept happening.

This is a go
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Black Lawrence Press
Nov 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Black Lawrence Press is proud to announce the publication of A Civic Pageant by Frank Montesonti, winner of the Black River Chapbook Competition. A Civic Pageant is a pageant of the emotional history of the self. In language as large, colorful and weightless as floats, the poems in A Civic Pageant reflect on the civics of our selves—the duty we hold to experience and emotion. They praise and lament how we must parade these obligations in front of us—always part leader of the parade, always part ...more
S.
May 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful chapbook that I bought on a whim and for which I was richly rewarded. To be honest when it arrived I thought I wouldn’t like it. The title struck me suddenly as pompous, and the cover design gave me a “huh?” moment. But the poems are great – sad and funny, heavy in a sneaky, casual way. More than once I was brought to tears.

When I got to the poem “Faking It” I realized I’d read the poem years ago in an issue of Barrow Street and had even written the poet to say how much I li
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