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Red Dirt Revival: A Poetic Memoir in 6 Breaths Paperback

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Poz'trophy Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0972658408
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972658409
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #829,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am torn. How do I put "Red Dirt Revival" down long enough to write this review? And once having put it down, how do I pick it up again and piece my heart and mind back together to encourage you to buy this book? So before waxing too poetic or losing my way, just let me say this...buy this book if you want to experience West's profound accounting of his (and therefore your) humanity.

I had to take a break from reading RDR. I chose to read it intermittently along with two of West's other works, "Flirting"(2007) and "Bare"(2005). Taken together, West's body of work feeds a growing place in me where specious boundaries go to die and shared experience and bare-hearted loving matter more than othered identities created to maintain difference. Superficially West and I have less than nothing in common, but our connection through this book proves that superficialities matter less than an open ability to write and read. Read this book to get to that place in him, and in yourself. The words do not fail to take you there.

Red Dirt Revival is "a poetic memoir in 6 breaths". I jumped into the cycle halfway through, landing in Breath 3: Queer Rhytes. I inhaled "A Letter to Helene Cixous", West's epistle to the post-modern Algerian philosopher. His personalized estimation of her work and his ability to identify their commonalities gave me hope for my own eccentric search for meaning...and so, hooked, I couldn't put the book down. I purposefully exhaled and moved further through the volume chapter and verse to breathe in one miraculous piece at a time..."On Loving"... "asskisser"... "Dear Book"... "niggapoem" and "body talk" among my favorites.
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By SVN on September 7, 2010
The only reason Red Dirt Revival is 4 stars and not 5 stars is because nothing is perfect. Every time I think of the candor of RDR my heart flutters. It is amazing how much this man gives to us and ask for so little in return. For all the times one has said, "I want to be like you when I grow up," I would not be lying if I said I want to rewrite with this amount of honesty and frankness when I grow up. I could point out the innovative ways poetic techniques are pieced together through this testament of humanity or the careful choice of word in the pieces, but I will not. I just marvel and remain speechless in his devout schemes to let us live vicariously through him.

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