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The Sore Throat and Other Poems

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"How about someone from another planet?"—Peter Gizzi

"This would make a great chorus for 'Nosferatu.'"—Marjorie Welish

"It's the real thing."—Keith Waldrop

Combining formal procedure with a kind of automatic writing, The Sore Throat produces poems of unlikely, and heightened, sensitivity to nuances of feeling.


Paperback, 126 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Fence Books
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C.A.
Dec 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
7 STARS, IMAGINE I CAN GIVE THIS 7 STARS INSTEAD OF ONLY 5! Here's an amazing sample poem:

GO TO THIS LINK AND LISTEN TO THE SORE THROAT, IT'S AMAZING: http://writing.upenn.edu/pennsound/x/...

And here's another of my favorite (a DIFFERENT poem in the book called THE SORE THROAT, there are actually eight DIFFERENT poems in the book titled THE SORE THROAT):


THE SORE THROAT

I'm inventing a machine
for concealing my desire.
And I'm inventing another
machine for concealing the
machine. It's a two-machine
sys
...more
Amy
Nov 24, 2010 rated it liked it
The Sore Throat by Aaron Kunin, poetry
I'm not sure how old Aaron Kunin is, but even if I hadn't seen his author photo, I'd have guessed he was youngish...there's something about the words in this collection that feel youthful. I'm guessing he's a bit of a punk. Maybe the kid in the back row of the classroom, making smart remarks behind the teacher's back?


In any case, The Sore Throat has been an intriguing read. He analyzes words in a way that twists them inside out, and the repetition of some w
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Andrew
May 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
I just love Kunin's writing, and the best way to approach it is to see and hear it. But you should know this, from his intro:
"I really believe that the part of yourself that you're most ashamed of is interesting and can be used as material for art."

In the same intro, he admits to having an "obsessive sensitivity to nuances of feeling".

He does good with it.

I was going to type up the same poem C.A. Conrad did, but you can already see that, so here are some other excerpts:

How will the machine reme
...more
Anne
Dec 07, 2010 added it
Still constrained--I think Kunin has a thing for tying own hands. The Sore Throat was much more fun to read--I enjoyed the humor of many of the poems.
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