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Product Details

  • Series: Lannan Literary Selections
  • Paperback: 89 pages
  • Publisher: Copper Canyon Press; First Edition, First Printing edition (April 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556592892
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556592898
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #846,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Starred Review. Some form of light—sunlight, moonlight, starlight, streetlight— appears in every one of the 18 poems in Dickman's debut. Slight and spare, the poems' frequent recurring themes accumulate beneficially, linking all the individual poems into one, more substantial, piece. Nothing grand takes place in these poems, but the quietness of the language and the creeping, sinister subject matter (heroin addiction, abusive fathers) make this highly anticipated book captivating and very readable, a nice description of something beautiful that doesn't exist anymore, as Dickman writes. Elsewhere, he grimly recalls, No one I loved had died for almost two years // Then Amy bled out / in a bathtub. As one half of the Dickman twins (both are actors, and the other, Matthew, also recently published his first poetry collection), Michael has received the kind of advance publicity rare for a new poet. Profiles in both Poets and Writers and the New Yorker as well as publication during National Poetry Month should ensure a larger than usual audience. And the attention is not undeserved; Dickman's book moves with careful intensity as it confidently illuminates buried, contemporary suffering: My little sister, tied to her trundle bed, crying, forced to eat slices of orange/ she believed were her goldfish. (Apr.)
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Shawn Sorensen on April 11, 2009
Format: Paperback
My mother waits for me

breathing easy
having let her hair go
silver, white
longer now
shining

in this
one of her many
afterlives

...so starts the longer title poem at the end of the book. Michael Dickman, unafraid of facing a brutal upbringing, brings us a sparse, symbolic, minimally punctuated style - and I don't say this lightly - uniquely his own. What the reader is left with, in the blank spaces, is the depth of human lives lingering around death, smirking at hope.
It's hard to imagine healthier ways to look at a tough upbringing full of drugs, parents who never made it out of their own childhoods, and well-meaning yet thin promises of relief, let alone a better life. Best to face the bitter, acidic past and get it over with - maybe. The summarizing end poem suggests that as merely a possibility. The poetic triumph here is the narrative of a boy, sometimes young, sometimes in his teens or twenties, slowly backing away from his environment, frantically looking around at bitter contradictions. The pausing - short lines, stanzas and poems - leaves the reader sunken emotionally and without looking at anything else but the people in Dickman's early life. But in stepping into this universe one is never confused, and never deceived one single bit. Dickman uses vivid, specific details in each poem, and powerful, open symbolism to bring a decaying world to life.
From the 3rd poem in one of my favorite series, "Returning to Church":

The light through the stained-glass window was snow

Do you want to be home forever?
Its all right if you do

Kiss me in the pew among strangers who aren't strangers but His
other homeless children

The light through the stained-lass window
was snow, not Grace
not Spirit

Not, lightly
His fingers

I'm eager to see what Michael Dickman comes up with next.
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By d on July 30, 2013
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Really a fresh work. Michael has a clean sweet style. Great book. I would love to talk to this guy.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Quakereader on January 9, 2010
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This is a terrific and astonishing collection of poems. I jolted in my seat reading the last stanza of Scary Parents.

There have only been a handful of times in my reading life where the lyricism of a work has compelled to read it out loud on a first reading; this was one of those times. Just gorgeous. I am eager to read his next collection, to follow his career.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Monkey48866 on November 30, 2010
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I loved this collection of poetry. I believe it is autobiographical, due to it being so personal and raw, so it almost makes it like a memoir. The only problem I had was with the last poem, which was the title poem, because it deferred from the format of the rest of the poems. However, I would recommend this collection to any poetry lover (who is not afraid of some curse words or drug references)!
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By KIMBERLEY EASTMAN on January 11, 2015
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Shipped quickly, great price.
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