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More Than Mere Light by Jason Koo
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it was amazing

This poetry collection reminded me how delightful a book of poems can be. The voice here is candid and wide-ranging, swerving from self-scathing diatribes to glorious sentiment, meditations on class to meditations on hash browns. Disclosing the humor and pain of life as a singular Brooklynite, Koo pulls back the veil that often exists between the making and the made, incorporating—seemingly—it all: intimate (and at times unflattering) details of romantic and sexual life, mundane (yet amusing) domestic routines, the mind in what feels like real time, fixing word to word, thought to syntax, memory to moment. By the end of the collection, the reader feels as if they know Koo (or, at least, his doppelganger on the page) the way one knows their favorite novel protagonists. There’s a baggy expansiveness to the long poem “No Longer See” which I find charming and audacious, a playfulness to the repetitions in the short poem “All All Right” by which I’m both tickled and gutted. This is the kind of book you can, and should, take and read everywhere; pairs well with cappuccinos, sunlit patios, exes, diners, late-night whiskey, public transit, beds.
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July 5, 2018 – Shelved

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Jason Koo I want to frame this above my desk. Or have it tattooed on my chest. Thank you.


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