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The Maintains by Clark Coolidge
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bookshelves: poetry

When manually entering bks here a text appears after the title's been typed in that reads: "The book you are adding may already exist in our database. If it appears below, please use that edition instead of adding a new one." & then it goes on to list the possibilities. Apparently, the way it works is that the system just throws up a bunch of titles that might have one word in common w/ what one's entered. Sometimes, it's even more abstract than that. This, of course, is a great way of automatically generating found poetry. At the bottom of this review are the 1st 10 possibilities that I was given. The 4th one is, apparently, a later edition of the same bk that I've created here. I didn't notice it in the midst of the other irrelevancies until I'd already created the edition of the bk I'm reviewing here. Most of the time w/ the bks I enter, all pre-existing entries are irrelevant & drastically different from what I'm writing about.

Anyway, the funny thing to me about this is that I was thinking about what I cd write further about why I like Coolidge's writing & I was thinking about the title: "THE MAINTAINS". I realized that just the title alone has a peculiarly stimulating effect for me. It cd be read as if it means that "the" (the article or simply "the" as itself, as an object) "maintains" ("maintains" something? "maintains" a function of definitive anchoring?) &/OR "THE MAINTAINS" as in a specific, definitive "maintains" - as if "maintains" is a noun instead of a verb. By beginning the title w/ the definitive article & following it w/ a word that's not usually a noun, Coolidge both creates something that seems to be a solid reference & simultaneously evades such solidity. So having the found poetry of GoodReads database irrelevant spin-offs seems like an appropriate way of nounifying verbosity. I like it.

This was probably my favorite Coolidge bk when I read it. It's written in stanzas w/ varying numbers of lines. The words are usually (always?) only 1 to 4 syllables long & I think of words as bricks again - as I did in relation to Alan Davies' writing. Maybe they're bricks of ice - will they ever melt? Do they melt in Coolidge's mouth when he reads them aloud?

It's a somewhat idiotic subcultural commonplace to say something like "You shd see that movie when you're tripping!" but I think of that here. What might seem incomprehensible in 'normal' states of mind might very well lock into place for a profound experience when in a state of expanded consciousness.

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April 5, 2008 – Shelved
April 5, 2008 – Shelved as: poetry

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