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The End of the West by Michael Dickman
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Feb 12, 2011

really liked it

Parts of these poems leapt out and stunned me, especially "the End of the West". And the poems do seem impressively distinctive to the poet: the syntax, the look of them, the series of turns they take, and strange little exclamations peppered in all felt new. However, outside some amazing images and juxtapositions, and maybe two complete poems, the success of the work seems predicated on violence and accounts of youthful drug use. That seems like an easy move, though a hard life.
I look forward to other work from Michael Dickman.

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