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Divided by Color (American Politics and Political Economy Series) eNd definitely not like anyonelse you ve read I have to admit I m not the world s most patient reader of poetry I get bored kind of uickly if the poems are too soteric and I have a hard time with sing song rhyming schemes My favorites are Dryden and Pope with a little Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath thrown in
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amazed when I started flipping through this book at a poetry bookstore when I started flipping through this book at a poetry Bookstore Books In Seattle The Books in Seattle The lines of ach poem not only set the tone but somehow capture you right away like this one from Oblivion Letter Home 2 Thanks for the cucumber lotion and coupons you cut out of the Sunday paper though I had to bury them in an old thermos or sink them with bricks and twine so nobody killed me Reading the obituary for Mr Kondrackie was sad though he once beat me with his cane for guessing wrong We all have our faults I thinkI m not clever Evolution As Entropy enough with poetry toxplain why that grips me so hard but pretty much Forging Gay Identities every poem in the volume does it to me Guest has been paraplegic since age 12 and writes with a stick in his mouth Many of the poems convey the anger frustration and sexual longing that you mightxpect from someone whose physical abilities are so much limited than his Forbidden History emotional and intellectual ones He published a memoir in 2010 One More Theory About Happiness I can t wait to read it This man is pure genius In many ways this is a fantastic piece of work The author has been paralyzed from the neck down for many years and is still uite pissed off about it In the first half of the collection he hides his anger with irony and a kind of discursiveness so popular in poetry today After a while however he seems to no longer be able to avoid the issue and trips off into fantasies of if I still had a functioning body and the like He dreams about affairs and slowly grows Nt collection a compendium of honesty strange beauty and pain poems Louis Gluck calls “urgent and moving” and Robert Haas calls “vibrant with news of the world seen from an angle ofxperience not available to most of us” Mary Karr says “Guest is a spirit to be reckoned with Here’s a body. I ll be the first to admit I m not one for Poetry unless read to me So to buy a book of poems for myself seemed a bit absurd The title caught me and made me shell out the clams but the poems well those are keeping it in my bookshelf Paul s style which r when askedto name what I couldn t live withoutwere I marooned on a desert islandI say viable organs Not a book and its pagesslipping from cheap bindingand not an albumthat s not an albumbut summer s totem foreverand not one deft loverand not the
Red Ringletsof Her Hair ringletsof her hair down in a grotto beside the seaTo be consigned thereto that island that hometo the fetish of consolationis nothing I Fiche Blian ag Fás ever wantto want To be stripped of desireas if it were a bandageBut here in the night made of alarmsa train shamblesthrough the darkand it s hard to hear the trees speakingthe language we madefor them Or I didthinking of youwho taught me regretThere are nights when I dreamof stolen orangesHow we ran away with the sun in our armsAnd there are nightswhen I can t speaknotven to the windin the strange tongue of the dark pine trees I chose this based on the title alone and it didn t disappoint there is than slightly horrifying knowledge here and surprises around Esteem Enlivened by Desire every corner These poems are funny angry contemporary in a way I don t always like but liked very much in this volume I didn t always understand them but that didn t preventnjoyment and their fast pace for the most part fit the angry romantic original often cruel and sarcastic intelligent and poignant voice of Guest whose other work I must find and read as well This work
#IS FULL OF THOUGHTFUL CLEVER AND #full of thoughtful clever and imagery and ideas and Flights of Fancy, Leaps of Faith even the poems you start that feel potentially familiar often come to be strange by thend in a good way these wake you up dare you to say they re not true This is a smorgasbord of varieties of suffering as well as njoyment basically life in a book illuminated and refreshed Exhilarating “A Paul Guest poem likes to pull out fast in the first line then zigzag from one ye opening image to another A high speed innervating trip all the way” Dallas Morning News Whiting Award winning and acclaimed poet Paul Guest’s My Index of Slightly Horrifying Knowledge is an audaciously brillia.
Summary My Index of Slightly Horrifying KnowledgeIssed off about people s attitudes toward him All the while his pacing remains brilliant and his
Turns Of Phrase Endlessly Uniueof phrase They Shall Be One Flesh endlessly uniue sometimes at the borders of nonsense By thend the self pity is a little overwhelming and you realize this is not a man you would want to hang out with but it is one whose next book will be read cover to cover as well Normally I m not that into poetry but Paul s poems all of them infused with The Heritage of Arabo-Islamic Learning emotions rooted in the accident that left him paralyzed at age 12 are incredible It s a good book I like Guest s dense linked writing style it took a few to get used to it This book has been recommended to me many times I often see it at bookstores and I veven seen people I don t know reading it Almost very poem is one stanza and there were some times I really could have used a stanza break to catch my breath Overall one stanza suits the dense waterfalling words Although I like Guest s poem titles when they are specific User s Guide to Physical Debilitation and Elegy for the Lumbering Monster I don t like the titles that could be xchanged for other titles Poem Written to Replace Another and Poem Written Outside Wintry MixMy favorites in this bookBad Mood This poem really captures the bad mood Some days just feel like Under One Sky everything is wrongValentine There are stanzas in this poem I like the dreaminess of the poem and love how he describes himself on the ocean floor with a shell and clawsMy Crush The description of pain in the body as shimmering and the spines full of wire were beautiful There is a gorgeous longing in thisJob This poem is really funny and sad I love poems about working in an office A collection of 48 poems by a uniue individual Dark intriguing and amusing this poetry about his slightly horrifying situation will at least stir yourmotions A powerful poetic ye that switches between microscope and telescope to see the veryday in vivid and challenging contex. Of new work to cheer about” Guest's first book The Resurrection of the Body and the Ruin of the World won the 2002 New Issues Prize in Poetry and his second book Notes for My Body Double won the 2006 Prairie Schooner Book Prize His memoir One More Theory About Happiness will be available in May 201.