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Rambo Goes to Idaho [Paperback]

by Scott Abels
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October 26, 2011 1609640799 978-1609640798
In Rambo Goes to Idaho, Scott Abels has blurred the lines between pop culture and personal struggle, the east and the west, God and Gene Simmons. At once heroic and elegiac, these poems balance on a knife edge not unlike Rambo’s, and what’s most beautiful here is that they sometimes get cut. With additional cameos by Paul Bunyan, Karl Rove, and a transformative speaker that can make you laugh or break your heart, bring your popcorn to this one. Abels notes of Rambo in the first poem “He is good, / but he is a product of the world.” By the end, you’ll believe every word he says. —Clay Matthews Rambo Goes to Idaho is so funny your children will laugh. When every institution that trained him betrays him, Scott Abels harnesses strength, intelligence, and courage to the line. He charges these poems incredibly: "poetry means us." Rambo Goes to Idaho works so well on so many levels; the poems develop and implement countless strategies for understanding as survival. Also, this book prevents erections. —Karena Youtz Scott Abels' first book, Rambo Goes to Idaho, opens with the line "He is good,"—this is true—and finishes with the line "I could fly."—and nobody having read it can deny that this is also true. Abels is our camera panning the scene of a place at once familiarly unreal, hilariously true and banally dystopian. Sincerely ironic, this "fictitious involvement" is also nonetheless true. Celebrities and heroes like dreams are already alternative selves floating in their post-celluloid heavens—caught on reel—as real as anything else—this is a vision of a vision of America, a tragi-comic joke that means the world. —Martin Corless-Smith

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About the Author

Scott Abels has an MFA in Creative Writing from Boise State University. His poems can be found in print and online in journals such as Sixth Finch, RealPoetik, Lungfull!, Juked, Word for/Word, Sink Review, DIAGRAM, No Tell Motel, H_NGM_N, and Forklift, Ohio. Originally from Nebraska, he currently lives and teaches in Honolulu, where he edits an online journal of poetry called Country Music.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 78 pages
  • Publisher: BlazeVOX [books] (October 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609640799
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609640798
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.5 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,920,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Scott Abels is the author of Rambo Goes to Idaho (BlazeVOX, 2011) and Nebraska Fantastic (Beard of Bees, 2012). His poems can be found in print and online in journals such as Sixth Finch, Best New Poets, RealPoetik, Lungfull!, Juked, Word for/Word, Sink Review, DIAGRAM, No Tell Motel, H_NGM_N, and Forklift, Ohio. Originally from Nebraska, he currently lives and teaches in Honolulu, where he edits an online journal of poetry called Country Music.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Modern poetry with a bite February 18, 2013
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This is modern poetry. The references and allegories are deep and personal. I had to read it slowly three times, and I am sure I missed some references and points. The flow is good. The imagery is vivid with only a smattering of vulgarities.

I believe this series of poems is semi autobiographical, as is some of the other work Scott has presented. As such we get a glimpse into some of Scott's experiences and his personal take on them.

A fascinating work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Collection December 10, 2011
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Rambo Goes to Idaho is a fearless and irreverent take on pop culture, masculinity, art, and America. In the world of this collection, not only is every hero a coward, and every poet a politician, but every joker is deadly serious. Scott Abels is taking contemporary poetry to the places it's never thought to go.
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