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I Is to Vorticism

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Winner of the 2009 New Michigan Press/DIAGRAM chapbook contest, Ben Mirov's I IS TO VORTICISM is an auspicious debut from a poet to watch. "A recurring character in the poetry of Ben Mirov is Ben Mirov, part charming host, part self-inflicted lab experiment in a debut dedicated to demonstrating our daily, perilous transformations. These poems are sudden, agile, heart-stron ...more
Paperback, 48 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by New Michigan Press
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Kevin
Oct 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
Another great outing from one of my new favorite poets. Includes darkly funny moments such as: (from Orgasmanism) "When I think of our relationship/I think of a magician/with a dove in his pants/or a giraffe that must fall/six feet to be born." Bravo, Ben. ...more
Jon Cone
Apr 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
The poems of Ben Mirov come at you from odd angles. They seem about to tell you something – eat a hamburger, learn to juggle, go to the movies – but surprise you instead. One feeling is ‘nger at the cucumber’ and ‘beer is also a feeling.’ Literary and artistic allusions abound – Max Jacob, Robert Walser, James Tate, Moondog, Tu Fu, Haruki Murakami – yet these poems aren’t freighted like you might expect. They’re light, they move quickly, short efficient lines, spare images in simple language th ...more
Greg Santos
Feb 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I have finished reading Ben Mirov’s book I Is To Vorticism.

I henceforth promise to re-read I Is To Vorticism. I encourage you to do so, too.

Oh, and you do not need to know about the Vorticism art movement to enjoy I Is To Vorticism.

Ben Mirov appears as a frequent character in I Is To Vorticism. This speaker plays emotional bumper cars with your thoughts and emotions.

Ben Mirov goes from wry and hilarious in one line to earnest and tragic in the next. Or from intimate and self-effacing to brash an
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