The Sore Throat and Other Poems
"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.
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
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 ...more
"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