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Ourselves or Nothing Paperback – March 23, 2010

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 84 pages
  • Publisher: olympiapress.com (March 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596548606
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596548602
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,129,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Hemmingson lives in southern California and Baja California. Michael Hemmingson writes and publishes books, stories, essays, and ethnographic research projects. Michael Hemmingson writes and sells screenplays and film treatments. Michael Hemmingson has been pegged as a novelist, playwright, cultural anthropologist, sociologist in the symbolic interactionism school, auto-ethnographer and criminal scalawag. Michael Hemmingson has been associated with the minimalist Gordon Lish School of Writing. Michael Hemmingson has been accused of being a writer of crime noir literature. Michael Hemmingson has been labeled an author of literary erotica. Michael Hemmingson has been cast into the waters of the AvantPop School of Prose Writing. Michael Hemmingson has edited anthologies, zines, and newspapers. Michael Hemmingson has composed literary criticism and collected ethnographic data in the qualitative inquiry school of social science research. Michael Hemmingson has written speculative fiction and weird westerns. Michael Hemmingson sometimes dashes off a poem. Michael Hemmingson is not Michael Hemmingson. Michael Hemmingson is Michael Hawthorne.

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OURSELVES OR NOTHING will haunt you. Here, we'll examine the dark divide between dreams and reality: The stench of rotting corpses in Rwanda is an eye-opener, while CNN's coverage of 9/11 can lull you into a dreamlike numbness... and that's when Hemmingson slams you with some deeply philosophical questions. I found myself savoring lines such as: "[We were] mesmerized by the shooting stars exploding like the night skies of war-torn Bosnia or Afghanistan," and "Alone, I entered the Ardennes Forest in Belgium, dark and wet and strange near the River Meuse, here I expected a new vision, I expected change, this land of towering trees would be my cocoon. I should have known better. You don't get what you chase." OURSELVES OR NOTHING will likely etch a pornographic afterimage of violence onto your imagination that will remain for some time. Read deeply.
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Too often is poetry thought to be inaccessible, dry, and boring. While this is the case for a large portion of the poetry produced today (see MFA programs, literary journals), this is not the case for Michael Hemmingson's OURSELVES OR NOTHING. This is poetry you should be reading. Tender, lively, haunting - these poems will enter you and stay.
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