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We drift from one friend s barbecue to another, trading urgent small talk about chicken omelets and whether or not spiders stick to spider webs. We garden, never satisfied with what we have planted. We date people, and then we date other people, and then, alone, we kiss the backs of our own hands. And all the while we are filled with longing, seeking transcendence, some fantastic and extraordinary reprieve from our mundane reality. Dear bright autumn trees, surprise me, writes Carrie Oeding in Our List of Solutions, elsewhere exclaiming, incredulously, Wet lottery tickets littered on the walking path to work, the fingernails that pierced the apples I want to buy these dirty moons, is this all I have? The images that I m to make something lovely with. This is a startling, distinctively smart and stylish debut. --Michael Dumanis

If you have lost your ability to lose your way in the dance, these poems of jittery disequilibrium are just what you need. . . . [L]et s twist our ankles.//Oh dumb legs, silly pregnant music,/stupid empty space between dancing bodies that longs not to be space./ Dancing is one way to have joy . . . Can t there be something besides dancing,/or maybe can t there be something besides joy?// . . . [W]hy does music just get to be music? Blending (and transcending) both gossip and self-interrogation, the poems keep fine-tuning themselves to ever-more-precisely refute all possible modes of self-satisfaction. --Claire Bateman

Carrie Oeding s speakers are so compulsively social and so comically anxious and irritable in their impatient yearning that their humanity comes alive; their dithery streaming flows from loneliness, from the separateness beneath loneliness. These women wield their gestures of mistrust, scorn and disappointment as fragile, provisional defenses against their own hungry romanticism. Revealing all this is a project whereby Oeding has attained an originality rare in contemporary poetry. --Mark Halliday

If you have lost your ability to lose your way in the dance, these poems of jittery disequilibrium are just what you need. . . . [L]et s twist our ankles.//Oh dumb legs, silly pregnant music,/stupid empty space between dancing bodies that longs not to be space./ Dancing is one way to have joy . . . Can t there be something besides dancing,/or maybe can t there be something besides joy?// . . . [W]hy does music just get to be music? Blending (and transcending) both gossip and self-interrogation, the poems keep fine-tuning themselves to ever-more-precisely refute all possible modes of self-satisfaction. --Claire Bateman

Carrie Oeding s speakers are so compulsively social and so comically anxious and irritable in their impatient yearning that their humanity comes alive; their dithery streaming flows from loneliness, from the separateness beneath loneliness. These women wield their gestures of mistrust, scorn and disappointment as fragile, provisional defenses against their own hungry romanticism. Revealing all this is a project whereby Oeding has attained an originality rare in contemporary poetry. --Mark Halliday

About the Author

Carrie Oeding is a native of Minnesota. Our List of Solutions is her first book of poetry. Her work has appeared in many journals as well as Verse Daily, PBS News Hour's Art Beat, and Best New Poets. She is an Assistant Professor at Marshall University.
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  • Paperback: 95 pages
  • Publisher: 42 Miles Press; First edition (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983074712
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983074717
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 7.2 x 10 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Sanford Smith on September 8, 2011
Format: Paperback
I've begun to think Carrie Oeding has been out there somewhere in the Midwestern wastelands acting as something of a doppelganger as I've eaten the potluck food and pumped kegs at leaving-this-one-stoplight-town going-away parties, wondering when I'd get around to making it my turn. This is one long way of saying that as I read these poems I found myself often thinking: swell, I'm not the only one -- in a way void of any kind of relief, a way entirely full of loneliness. This paradox often surfaces to my mind as an overarching gesture of the book -- a crowded, noisy, tiki-light bordered backyard rumination on the unique brand of suburban dystopia that only the Midwestern fields of cows and corn can offer. The speaker of this book is one that seems often to come out of the blurred landscape that lies at the center of this paradox, perpetually vacillating somewhere between insider/outsider with a comedic and often sardonic distrust and annoyance as much with herself as the ever-present neighbors:

"Don't wait for me to point out how people work.

Your friends will leave you for a stranger's birthday,

and you'll never get over it. I can't wait

to tell you how your kitten will turn out.

Oh, I'm ruining everything."

...

"Let's get you a soda,

with two straws and one person

to love, who'd break your cake, cut your heart

and its songs of what a heart is.

Then maybe you can come over

and surprise me with something better,

something that I would really

never get over, something that would ruin us both."

-from "Sandy, Will You Quit Saying Such Things?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ty Wilson on July 3, 2013
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This is a wonderful collection of poetry with subjects running the gamut from mundane to profound. Ms. Oeding has a fascinating view on the world and I'm thrilled that she shares it with us. This is a book I'll be picking up again and again to re-read and reconnect with her world.
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