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Starred Review. Paralyzed in a bicycle accident at age 12, Guest as an adult has turned his serious anger, his irrepressible energies and his sex drive into an instantly recognizable and passionate style. This third collection (his first from a New York trade house) comes with a blog and the promise of a memoir, which should raise the profile of these poems. On the one hand, the zigzag free verse portrays the poet's frustrations, twenty-one years/ into the telling of a poor joke,/ made of pain, nerves snuffed like wicks: No music but smashed guitars/ would be enough. On the other, the poems race, churn and tumble over themselves with a welcome, often R-rated, power of invention. Guest (Notes for My Body Double) might be Percy Bysshe Shelley crossed with Nick Flynn, or Neruda fused with Dean Young, at once perpetually dissatisfied and breathless with anticipation. A poem called Audio Commentary Track 1 brings in stuporous public sex/ at skating rinks and professional wrestling matches, along with lethally ascetic Canadian monks, then explains, To me each convulsive sob sounds like joy. Guest's fast-paced, sometimes even offensive third volume could be a poetry hit. (Dec.)
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“Guest takes the reader on a path like few contemporary poets offer.” (Chicago Sun-Times)

“A beautiful, breathless torrent of language that is dark or insightful or funny or any combination thereof, but always on the mark, always riveting. . . . My Index of Slightly Horrifying Knowledge is a terrific book. ” (Mark Strand)

“Astonishing.” (Jorie Graham)

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Ecco; 1 edition (April 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061685194
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061685194
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,895,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paul Guest is the author of three volumes of poetry and a forthcoming memoir. His debut, The Resurrection of the Body and the Ruin of the World, was awarded the 2002 New Issues Poetry Prize. His second collection, Notes for My Body Double, was awarded the 2006 Prairie Schooner Book Prize. His third collection, My Index of Slightly Horrifying Knowledge, was published by Ecco Press in 2008. His poems have appeared in The Paris Review, Poetry, Tin House, The Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. His memoir, One More Theory About Happiness, will be published by Ecco in May 2010. The recipient of a 2007 Whiting Writers' Award, Guest lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Visit his website at http://paulguest.net

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. O. Aptowicz on November 15, 2009
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I was having a rotten day and decided to spend my lunch break at the old local used bookstore. I (and my anemic wallet) had absolutely no intention on buying anything, but I nonetheless half-heartedly picked up Paul Guest's "My Index of Slightly Horrifying Knowledge" because I was charmed by the title. Not knowing anything about the book or its author, I began reading random poems, really just looking for an excuse to NOT buy the book, and was shamelessly hooked. Helpless in the face of Guest's poetry, the book found a permanent home in my bag and for the next week and a half solid, I did nothing but revel in it.

I honestly cannot speak highly enough of this evocative, sharp and darkly hilarious collection of poetry.

Take, for instance, Guest's "User's Guide to Physical Debilitation," the poem which starts the book. In speaking about his paralysis (Guest is a quadriplegic, due to an accident when he was 12), Guest does not hold back any punches.

He writes: "When not an outright impossibility / or form of neurological science fiction, / sexual congress will either be with / tourists in the kingdom of your tragedy, / performing an act of sadistic charity; / with the curious, for whom you will be beguilingly blank canvas; / or with someone blindly feeling their way / through an extended power outage / caused by summer storms you once thought romantic."

Sakes alive! And that's the first poem!

His work is brutally honest yet brashly surreal. You are never sure of your footing in his poetry, where triumphs can appear like failures, failures like triumphs, and love like a empty gesture or the one thing that makes everything else worth it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael Casey on April 8, 2009
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I was lucky enough to hear Paul Guest read from this work at the Georgia Center for the Book. His poetry is both humorous and emotionally powerful. I found myself laughing at many of his opening lines, but I must admit to feeling great affection for some of his more lyrically loving phrases. A beautiful book that deserves to be explored.
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By S. Foster on June 1, 2012
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Ambled into Starbucks to buy a square soylent Mocha fraudulent iced Nissan, scooted to Costco to jump the coprophagous line feeling for my plastic, holding essential items supposedly--driving, driving toward vast Calif. from Los Angeles, emerging inside Pico Union nascent tissue growth of micro-coastal swarming, these dental cities approach intersections of eye trees with green cars--wrongly convicted, wrongly imprisoned, wrongly deported in the backseat, licking all my envelopes stamped once and forever with underwater numbers. Cold fire of everything from the inside, of music and of going forth. Shoes and lives, worlds and skin--My Index of Slightly Horrifying Knowledge by Paul Guest.
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Pleasingly bleak. 'I never thought I'd tire of being a mammal' (p44). The three 'letters home' are good, also Audio Commentary Track 2 which begins 'As you can already see, everything is f****d'. Better get used to it.
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