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Poetry. Ethan Paquin's third book is a sprawling meditation touching on the loss of love and commitment, the painfulness of memory, and the disorientation as well as the consolations of travel. The poems of THE VIOLENCE contain a rawness of emotion and clarity of feeling rare among writers of Paquin's generation. Where form plays a part, it is likely to be exploded: the po ...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by Ahsahta Press
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Paquin is coming to read here next week, so I thought I'd look this over to see what he's all about.... It's a weird book, one that I think traps itself too tightly into this tough guy pose. It feels like there was an outside pressure, a need to shut down the poems before they reached any lyrical swing. I don't care too much, but it was strange, as if the storyline (such as it is: more a persona, I guess, that a throughline or narrative) meant that certain things couldn't happen.