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There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé
4.15
really liked it
Just as good as a Beyonce album with surprise bonus tracks that you didn't know were there.
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Mar 08, 2017
 
PAIN: The Board Game
4.12
really liked it
Another ambitious collection by one of my favorite poets, Starkweather's Pain: The Board Game is full of modern existential angst (peppered with retro ...more
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Dec 26, 2015
 
At Night
4.21
it was amazing
Sometimes you read a book at the precise right time and I think that's the case with this book and me. Ciccarello's debut feels like a swooping, divin ...more
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Sep 16, 2015
 
The Self Unstable
4.16
really liked it
It took me a few pages to get into this for some reason, but when I did it was like ZOOOOM--and my head was buzzing with each page! I like how these p ...more
Mar 12, 2014
Mar 06, 2014
 
Bad Bad
4.20
really liked it
Minnis is partly known for using extended ellipsis in her work. The dots scrawl across the page like fleas looking for blood. They create tension with ...more
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Mar 26, 2008
 
Other People's Comfort Keeps Me up at Night
4.44
really liked it
Besides being razor sharp, pleasingly rowdy, and culturally on point, Parker's poems are also really freaking funny at times. The humor throughout thi ...more
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Nov 27, 2015
 
Inferno (A Poet's Novel)
3.94
really liked it
The subtitle "A Poet's Novel" makes me wonder what makes it different from say, "a novelist's novel" or "an artist's novel." Is it the gonzo approach ...more
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Nov 26, 2011
 
Who Can Make It
4.17
it was amazing
More reason to read poetry chapbooks is this unrelenting magic from the great Portland poet (yeah, I said Portland. He's ours now). Big Lucks--you got ...more
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Feb 04, 2015
 
Partyknife
4.34
it was amazing
Partyknife reminds me of a really great indie rock album, like GBV's Bee Thousand or Pavement's Slanted & Enchanted. I loved the randomness and lo ...more
Aug 29, 2012
Aug 26, 2012
 
My Private Property
4.40
it was amazing
I've read bits and pieces of Ruefle before but this is my first whole book experience and I was won over quick. These are tightly-crafted, wise, and f ...more
Sep 17, 2016
Sep 17, 2016
 
Sorrow Arrow
4.31
it was amazing
The magic of an EKF poem is that it feels both improvisational and intensely focused. Sorrow Arrow is a collection so stabby and jabby and oozy and wo ...more
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May 06, 2014
 
21 Extremely Bad Breakups
3.82
it was amazing
Funny, smart fiction from one of my favorite funny smart poets. Leidner seems to morphs into various artforms (writing, collage, film) pretty seamless ...more
May 11, 2017
Mar 06, 2017
 
Lost Alphabet
3.96
liked it
Poems about moths
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Jul 20, 2017
 
Citizen: An American Lyric
4.30
really liked it
I loved the essayistic portions of this book the most. On pg 78, where the white man shows Rankine the photo of his black wife in some kind of effort ...more
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Dec 17, 2016
 
Freud Blah Blah Blah
4.00
it was amazing
This pretty little book contains sixteen perfect little poems that will Evel Knievel you so hard and play you over and over like a Cat Stevens record. ...more
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Mar 19, 2014
 
Thunderbird
4.08
really liked it
I really enjoyed discovering Lasky's work. Her poems are angular and striking and have a wild sense of humor that threatens to topple your brain over.
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Nov 16, 2012
 
Two Teenagers
3.29
it was amazing
This is a pretty strange and immensely atmospheric poem cycle by a writer who seems to be pretty overlooked in the "writers who dare to flip form on i ...more
Mar 18, 2017
Jan 19, 2017
 
Expecting Something Else
4.86
it was amazing
An explosive series of maternal campfires, with the words stacked tall and lean and treacherous and then set aflame from below. This is emotional char ...more
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May 18, 2016
 
Hairdo
4.77
really liked it
Overflowing with fun weirdness, even the titles bulge with a hot fever (examples: While I Was a Tremendous Teenager, You Were Still Reading The Unauth ...more
May 27, 2017
May 05, 2017
 
Lake Antiquity
4.23
really liked it
A solidly wonderful visual presentation full of Downing-style goofballery. I liked the collages more often than the long lines of rambling small type, ...more
Feb 21, 2015
Feb 19, 2015
 
Barbarian at the Gate
4.62
it was amazing
A bristly, versatile, and personal group of poems that dance and punch like Muhammad Ali (floats like a butterfly/stings like a bee). This guy's seen ...more
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Sep 16, 2015
 
A Woman Is a Woman Is a Woman Is a Woman
3.93
it was amazing
Chrys Tobey walks a daring tightrope of feminist poetry themes and heartbreaking slices of life. Some of my favorite poems in here (For the Men Who In ...more
Jun 24, 2017
May 16, 2017
 
I Remember
4.06
it was amazing
Coming out in January from Future Tense, this book is like Shane Allison's take on the Joe Brainard classic of the same name. But instead of a white s ...more
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Nov 15, 2011
 
Might Club
4.75
really liked it
I really like Siel Ju's language, her choice of words. There's something sensual, or gourmet about it. Like if Neruda improvised a poem for you while ...more
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Mar 11, 2016
 
Oh
4.25
it was amazing
This first book from "dimsummer bookclub" is a stunner. Bateman fills the pages with cat/cunt angst and deft turns of darkness and sadness. I always l ...more
not set
Jun 14, 2016
 
See Jack
3.88
really liked it
Jumping into the world of another Russell Edson book can be like joining a circus without being trained. You’re suddenly surrounded by things flying, ...more
not set
Mar 04, 2009
 
The First Four Books of Sampson Starkweather
4.60
it was amazing
The middle book, La La La, is especially magic. Dude is a witch (warlock?)* when it comes to making short lines melt in your brain not in your eyes. T ...more
not set
Jan 20, 2014
 
I Wanted To Be The Knife
4.29
it was amazing
There's something pretty special going on here. Sutterlin's poems are both vulnerable and strong, both scary and inviting, both casual and ambitious. ...more
not set
Dec 02, 2015
 
And I Shall Again Be Virtuous.
4.13
really liked it
Reading these poems is kind of like watching someone slowly opening their ribcage to show you their heart and how it has been damaged and how it's hea ...more
not set
Apr 11, 2016
 
Ghost Machines
3.33
it was ok
This is like Mirov's Metal Machine Music. But he's not releasing it to fulfill a contract (like Lou Reed was allegedly doing). I think he's purposely ...more
not set
Jun 22, 2016
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