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Poetry. THE REDCOATS is a book of doubts. An elegy and celebration of those fragments of a specific American history always at risk of reduction to kitsch and irony. These poems attempt to manufacture a sense of identity from the contradictions of a self-consciously contemporary perception of these historical tropes, and the overwhelming sense of being ill-equipped to abid ...more
Paperback, 88 pages
Published February 1st 2010 by Krupskaya (first published 2010)
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A.M.
Feb 08, 2012 rated it liked it
I read The Redcoats by Ryan Murphy three different times over the span of a week and simply could not connect with the poetry at all. I even read the reviews on the back of his book twice, they are so beautifully written, trying to see what these other individuals saw in this collection of poetry.

For me, the poems are simply too abstract and enigmatic. Reading them was like trying to find meaning in a game of Pick Up Stix. I saw nothing in the seeming randomness of the words other than an occasi
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Matthew
Aug 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
best book of poems EVER
Becky
Mar 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Lines I wish I'd written:
"stunned to stillness with impending"
"streetlights canker the park night"
"the body strung vibrant/ with rigging"
"the incoming tide/like a bowl of nickles"
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May 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
Refined & intimate music - lovely lyrics. Touches of Zukofsky, without the unseen parts of Z's intellectual iceberg. Disjunctive and experimental but in an immediately accessible indie rock way.
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a very interesting set of very recent poems. it's cool to read something this new.
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Ryan Murphy is the author of Millbrook, The Redcoats, and Down with the Ship. He has received grants and awards from the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Chelsea Magazine, The Fund For Poetry, and The New York State Foundation for the Arts.
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