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Corinna A-Maying the Apocalypse (Poets Out Loud) 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0823228576
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Dennigan makes delightful poetry, a pure aural pleasure more willowly, and as various as language lived.


. . . Dennigan's verse in smart but not unkind, sensual without being icky.-Cate Whetzel


Spitting associative sparks off both real and imagined landscapes, the poems in Corinna invite readers to excavate, associate, and riff off what's given.OR Corinna A-Maying the Apocalypse is powered by conundrum, surprise, imagination, recklessness, wonderment, earnestness, and above all giant playfulness and smarts.


About the Author


DARCIE DENNIGAN's work has appeared in numerous journals, including The Atlantic Monthly, Forklift Ohio, H_NGM_N, and Tin House. She lives in West Hollywood, California.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 84 pages
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press; 1 edition (March 14, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823228576
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823228577
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.3 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,352,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Prizewinning poet Darcie Dennigan presents Corinna A-Maying the Apocalypse, an anthology of original, free-verse works given to a diversity of rhythms, structures, and syntax, often giving a glimpse of the world through eyes ranging from those of a tremulous child to haunted people to clam diggers and much more. At times darker realities such as violence against women are touched upon. An evocative, at times gut-wrenching collection. "Orienteering in the Land of the New Pirates": The New Pirates are men who, as infants, / told their moms Keep your milk and went and suckled gas pumps. // In towns of peril and experience, were the twelve-year olds / shrugging It's an island all around and no water. // Coming home to dark houses to moms saying, Baby / they turned our lights off. // ConEd turned their lights off. And ConEd turned / their stove off, turned their heat off. And Citgo / sucked the gas from their car. Citgo sucked back the gas from the car as they drove."
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This is a great poetry book. I learned a lot reading these poems and also found that they make you think about yourself and your own situations. It is obvious that the author is very intelligent, but as complex and intricate as her poems are, she doesn't lose the reader; rather you want to keep reading each line. Her poems are reachable and quite enjoyable to read. Not always uplifting and "happy" but nonetheless make you want to keep reading.

I also find that there are layers to her poetry, and you can get different things out of them. For example, her poem "Seven Stephen Bruneros", is based in part on The Twelve Caesars by Suetonius. While I did not know that fact while I was reading that particular poem, I still greatly enjoyed it. Had I known that it was based upon The Twelve Caesars, that would have made me enjoy it even more.

I look forward to her second book, which I believe comes out soon.
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The majority of the poems in Corinna don't mean much to me. As promised, apocalypse in one form or another is often the subject, as can be seen from the titles -- "Sentimental Atom Smasher", "After the Station Fire" (on the roadhouse fire in West Warwick, Rhode Island), "The Last Entry in the Book of Blogs". Even when not dealing with catastrophe, the titles seem intended to be as frivolous as possible -- e.g., "Arearea", "Etymology for Clam Diggers", "Orienteering in the Land of the New Pirates", "Song of the Tuxedo Rental Office". So why should I take apocalypse very seriously? Why should I take anything seriously?

In one long poem, "Eleven Thousand and One", observing behavior in a singles bar, Dennigan drops the frivolity and attempts a serous statement, which amounts to a lament over the lack of opportunities in Boston for young men and women to meet. On the way she pretends that a bunch of very ordinary college girls are legendary medieval virgins and the college boys they meet are Huns. I'm not convinced.
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By petr on December 21, 2012
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Wow I made a review of this book a while ago and it was real bad, and wrong. Apparently I had not been aware that this book was out of print and therefore impossible to get in perfect condition. Her poetry is fantastic.
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