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The Silhouettes by Lily Ladewig
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Jul 24, 2012

bookshelves: poetry
Read in July, 2012

The books starts with this quote from Coco Chanel: "Elegance is Refusal." It is true that the quick turns and verbal play of this book refuse some things but what I really admire is how a number of the poems can slide from hyper-aware pop-y lines like "Bicycle / or no bicycle I will roll up / my pant leg to show off" to a direct and disarming register: "One day the world will dissolve / itself into a myriad / of hot snowflakes and ask us / to walk outside into it." These poems glissando like a motherfucker, where others turn from witticism to witticism until they fall apart.

To read / re-read: "Thank You," "OUR POEMS WILL NEVER BE AS GOOD...," "I Put A Body On," "Long Radio," & "Another Poem For You."

On the bookshelf between Jason Labbe and Astrid Larsen.

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