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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Fence Books; Reprint edition (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934200484
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934200483
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #176,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Coeur de Lion is a long poem-series written in a confessional mode, intentionally blog-like, in which the author kisses off a boyfriend whose love letters to another girl Reines has found by hacking into his e-mail account. The book's material is daily life treated without restraint but it keeps digging down and veering off and adding up until it's profound. —Richard Hell


"Scathing and meek, furious and thoughtful, reckless and careful, brave and frightened, Coeur de Lion is something you've never seen before that you already know by heart." —Daniel Handler aka Lemony Snicket

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By the horse with no name on June 16, 2008
Format: Paperback
This was one of those books that seemed to sort of "find me". It was, slipping through the cracks of one of NY's most ubiquitous (8 miles of) book(s) store(s). I was attracted by the font and the fact that the title was remarkably simmilar to the name of my home town of Coeur d'Alene which translates to "heart of the awl" which is attributed to french traders who felt the natives were "hard hearted" traders. Hard heartedness would also describe how I usually feel about most poetry. I usually don't like it. I don't discount it however and do occasionally find a gem which renews my faith in it. This book was one of those.

I found the book to be refreshingly concrete, the flights into abstraction and metaphor restrained. It's a rumination of history (personal, interpersonal, familial, literary). Everything sort of drifts in and out of the verse in a not overly intellectual way. It's somewhat moody, emotionally raw and exposed. It's a sort of letter about a breakup to the ex but not entirely. It's difficult to define but seems to float along nicely in a space that's at times very personal and emotional and then other times distanced and analytical. It flows along nicely and is in a refreshing, sometimes humorous tone.

Anyway, I'm a poor reviewer. Really, I just wanted to say, yes, this is a good book! Check it out. It made me have a little more hope for poetry.

Also, the physical book is nice. Big flat pages that rest nicely in your lap.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. Zando-Dennis on April 30, 2008
Format: Paperback
Ariana Reines' new linear-prose-narrative-poetry-collection, Couer de Lion, is my brain-peeling acid flashback to a previous experience as an impressionable youngster girl reading the fringe yet culturally legitimized dramas of young men drawn in Catcher in the Rye, and the sufferings of boy characters outlined in Of Human Bondage, to name two examples. In other words, reading Reine's words forwarded an experience of the pathos of love and existential longing rarely afforded the girls of the world in literature into one that describes exactly this - a poignant point-of-view of the female experience of love, longing, and questions of being in time. It is as good an insight into negotiating desire as any, and diagetically infuses modern modes of communication (the text message, for example) into the individual's experience of the relationship of one with another. The work describes the pathos and ingenuity of identifying a subjective sexual identity brilliantly from a decidedly female perspective. More, more, more... soon.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. Krimko on March 30, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book is fantastic, really really good. I was surprised, based on what I heard of it at a reading, by some of the currents running through it, like strains of James Schuyler. And then there's the welcome bit about John Perry Barlow; though Ariana Reines says she doesn't, I do have the gland required to assimilate the Grateful Dead and appreciate the way she handled this. It points to a generosity that pervades the book as a whole, a sadistic generosity. What struck me about the Schuyler echoes is that the book embraces being wistful (wistful in a refreshing way, not an easy thing to do). There's a nostalgic and saucy interlude in Venice that's particularly and lovingly rendered. And her approach to the boldfaced names that populate the book--the Marvells and Ashberys and Hitlers and Richards--is embodied and passionate and feels inevitable. I guess overall what I like most about it is how relational it is, to the authors and texts and lovers and the larger epistolary 'you.' The book feels open to others, not the proverbial and tired Other; and not so open as to feel leaky like a badly designed room. Coeur de lion is a complete and risky place a reader likes to be in.
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