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I swear Kevin Clark's Self-Portrait with Expletives is the book I've have been waiting to read -- the book in which the past and present are not strangers, but lovers. Clark's ecstatic poems time-travel with alacrity on their quest for transformation and song. Intimate, hilarious, attentive, political, Self-Portrait with Expletives is a mature, commanding book by a poet co ...more
Paperback, 69 pages
Published May 1st 2010 by Louisiana State University Press (first published March 1st 2010)
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Jun 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I have not yet read Clark's first book, In the Evening of No Warning . This second book, recommended by a friend, surprised and pleased me in its valuing the mode of narrative-meditation as it slides over into the local-descriptive. The surprise is why I give it five stars; I'm very keen in what pleases me. Were the first book as pleasing as the second, perhaps I'd give the first the five, and the second four: it's not every book, after all, that, as Berryman would say, adds to the stock of avai ...more
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Oct 27, 2011 rated it it was ok
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Clark is wordy. That, I think, is the most concise that I can be. Sure many of his poems are long, but I don’t really mind that. He’s wordy. Nouns everywhere. That I mind.

Poems like his “Stephen Hawking” one on page 33 are remarkably interesting, but so drowned out by nouns and things and objects with a few adjectives thrown in before them that it becomes hard to read, hard to parse through, and hard to appreciate. Sure, throwing in a bunch of words may seem like good diction, but a good vocabul
Oct 21, 2010 rated it liked it
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This book won the Pleiades Press 2010 prize.

He has a rich history with many of the poetic greats, such as James Dickey, who appear in an intimate voice. Most of the book is a wild & wooly ride through his early years coming to manhood with some of his teaching experiences. From the opening poem "Eight Hours in the Nixon Era" we are started off through his world in a place and time with lots of characters from his history. Lots of self-definition and hippie days gone by. It is a free spirited bo
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