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Deer Head Nation by K. Silem Mohammad
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Jan 06, 2008

really liked it

I recommend this book to others, I count it one of my prized possessions, I met and instantly liked its author, I agree with
it - wait a minute. I agree with the book?

I stop and think a bit now. I think, I really admire what this writer is doing and he can write, dammit.

I try reading a few lines from a poem aloud at a party and the problem grows clearer: I can't. There aren't enough cues for a shy person to be able to read these poems aloud with conviction.

I have written poems which give me the same trouble, and they are equally interesting to me ideologically and remain just as difficult to discount.

Some days they seem like my best work. This ambivalence is a useful one, because it forces me to look at literature in new ways.

"Deer Head Nation" is dark, funny and definitely worth reading.

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