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Blinking with Fists: Poems Hardcover

ISBN-13: 978-0571211890 ISBN-10: 0571211895 Edition: First Edition

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Poem from Billy Corgan's Blinking with Fists [24kb PDF]
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; First Edition edition (September 9, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571211895
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571211890
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #390,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The frontman and lyricist for the Smashing Pumpkins—whose alternative-rock hits soared through millions of radios in the mid-1990s—enters the arena of the written word with this passionate, if rarely subtle, debut. Corgan has also worked in Chicago-area theater and in spoken-word performance, and his free verse often shows the directness associated with those venues, as well as the oddities fans of his lyrics will know: "The way/ You look/ At me/ Makes me/ Lonely/ Grinding tears/ Behind a mask/ Made of/ Abalone," begins "The Sun of Flowers." Hope, dreams and erotic excitement are frequent themes, while nautical or seaside settings predominate: "the most eternal sun-drenched kiss," Corgan exclaims, "is locked in my mind as something I won’t miss/ Or even try to remember." Other work may resonate with fans, yet strike even them as vague, even amateurish: "Whatever was needed will find its way home/ Delivered with riches and prayers full of soul." The title, with its intimations of a frustrated child, may be the best thing about this collection, and its most appropriate introduction.
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"Corgan steps to the plate at the first scent of menace, prepared, as one who is born into the language of battle. His hands might be balled tight, but his soul absorbs what his fists cannot truly deflect. Never just the spectator, Corgan transforms his world into the palpable, lyrical beauty of the heartbreak of one who cannot turn away, allowing us to get as close as we dare without blinking." --J.T. Leroy, author of Sarah and The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things

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I found Mr. Corgan's words to be evocative and compelling.
RHCodey
Corgan used to have a way with song lyrics; they were not the most brilliant lyrics, but more often than not, they worked well with the music he made.
Rufus Follet
Billy thank you for being perfect as you are and for letting us into your world every day of your life.
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 16, 2004
Format: Hardcover
It's hard to listen to the Smashing Pumpkins, and not be struck by former frontman Billy Corgan's unique writing -- often his songs sounded like poetry set to music. Now he really is a poet. "Blinking With Fists," his first book of poetry, is a stunning, wrenching look at Corgan's ever-expanding talents.

Corgan was known for plumbing the depths of his own feelings in his songs. Now he does the same for his poetry. His poems are gritty and jagged, but they shine through as examinations of his emotions: his loves, losses, loneliness, past regrets, and sometimes his hopes. He makes you feel thoughtful, isolated, on a dark street where dogs are barking, and the world seems to be winding down.

Billy Corgan rose to prominence during the grunge era of Nirvana in the early nineties, as frontman/writer/vocalist of the Smashing Pumpkins. Later, he was the frontman of the sadly short-lived Zwan. But with "Blinking With Fists," (and the novel Corgan is reportedly working on), he shows that he's not just a musician. He gets to take the evocative, eerie writing that he did in the Smashing Pumpkins and Zwan, and turn that writing into something purer.

What's even better, free-form poetry allows Corgan to be less restricted in his writing. In "Blinking," he doesn't have to form his poetry so that it will fit with music. But it still is very lyrical and beautiful, full of strange images and melancholy atmosphere. It takes a little while to really sink in -- but boy, is it worth it when it does.

Billy Corgan has apparently left his band days behind him. But his debut publication, "Blinking With Fists," is a breathtaking collection of poetry that bodes well for his solo career. Highly recommended.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Dai-keag-ity on August 29, 2005
Format: Hardcover
It's painful to say anything less than glowing things about this book, since I'm a major fan of the music Corgan and the other members of Smashing Pumpkins released, but I always also knew that when you got right down to it, much of what sounded so great as part of a song, made little real sense when read devoid of music. (For instance, "1979" one of the finest songs of the 90's, what do those words truly mean if you analyze them?) That's most of the problem here. I kept thinking how set to music much of Corgan's free verse would have taken wing, but on its own...it was lacking: even empty. There are some good pieces here in Blinking with Fists but I hope Billy concentrates more on music in the future, since that's where his talent--genius I'll go so far as to say--really lies. Sorry, Billy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Aikens on March 9, 2008
Format: Paperback
Many reviewers tend to claim that this is not poetry. Well, that depends on your own definition of poetry. Its true that most of the poems in the book are just streams of consciousness and emotions, but then again most poetry is that way. Most of the poems, however, are not very pleasant to the ears. A twixt a twine is only poem i thought was really good in the whole book and that is why i only rated the book two stars. Its just not that great of a poetry book especially for those that read a lot of great poetry and then compare it to Corgans. Corgan is one of the most talented songwriters out there but fails on this attempt at words without music. However, the positives of the book is that it lets one see inside the soul of a rock legend, but then again so does most of the Pumpkins music. Overall this book i think was written for the author more than for the reader and for that it probably succeeded in letting corgan voice some of his inner demons that maybe he couldn't release in music. Anyway its only for the die hard Corgan fans out there and will probably spend its time on a shelf tucked away after the initial read or look through.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. Wagner on November 11, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I have been a big Billy/Smashing Pumpkins fan for years. I always considered him a lyrical genius.

When I received this book, I read through most of it and then put it on my shelf where it has remained.

I am extremely disappointed in this book. What happened to his brilliance and the profound words? What happened to evoking emotion in the reader(listener)?

I recommend you check this book out at the library before purchasing it. I love Billy but this book is not good.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By RHCodey on October 29, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I found Mr. Corgan's words to be evocative and compelling. I read his poetry book a few times, as you gain more and see the many layers and dimensions to the construction of his words when you are able to go over a book a few times. The first poem in the book, called "The Poetry of My Heart", sets the tone for what appears to be a very personal and deeply moving work of literature by Mr. Corgan. I highly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Hinds on January 26, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is a great collection of poetry by the wonderfully talented Billy Corgan. I recommend it to anyone, especially those who like his musical works.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By SweetTooth on October 4, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is a beautiful first book from Billy Corgan. I did not know what to expect when reading it, but as I went through the pages and let the poems sink in, I found it to be written straight from the heart. The subject matter is complex and can be interpreted at great depth. The enjoyment comes from taking your own meaning from the ideas that Billy presents here. I wish that all readers will take the time to pick up this book, whether you are a fan of Billy Corgan or not. As an artist and a visionary, Billy brings great beauty and intuition to his art and invites us to look deeper than what we are used to seeing and feeling.
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