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  • Paperback: 110 pages
  • Publisher: Copper Canyon Press (September 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556593317
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556593314
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #841,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

David Bottoms: David Bottom has served as Georgia’s Poet Laureate and was inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame in 2009. He teaches at Georgia State University and co-edits Five Points magazine. His first book, Shooting Rats at the Bibb County Dump, won the Walt Whitman Award; he has also received the Ingram Merrill Award, Poetry magazine’s Levinson Prize, the Georgia Author of the Year Award, the Frederick Bock Prize, and an Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. Additionally, he has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He lives in Marietta, Georgia.


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This is a remarkable book of poetry.
Ernest Suarez
It is succinct, thought-provoking, and beautifully layered with poignant moments of family, childhood, loss, love, and the inevitable future before all of us.
The Skip Tracer
Here, he gives us an elegant counterpoint to his earlier work.
Love to Read

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Missouri Review on December 28, 2011
Format: Paperback
Reviewer descriptions mentioning the past, memory, family, wisdom etc. do not necessarily account for much, as we all know. But this book actually makes it happen: the familiar made strange, the strange familiar. Whole worlds in a matter of lines. Incredible eye and ear. A voice that sounds like a person, full of wonder and doubt, constantly dressing itself down. Free-verse rhythms to study and savor. This book should win a big prize.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Skip Tracer on September 7, 2011
Format: Paperback
In his latest collection of poems, We Almost Disappear, David Bottoms picks up where his last collection, Waltzing Through the Endtime, left off. But this is a case where less is more on many levels. Where those poems in Endtime were long episodic narratives four to fourteen pages long that drew the reader in like a novel, these new poems are rarely longer than a page. The remarkable aspect of this collection is the weight behind such brevity with thoughtful insight to memory and the past. As Bottoms skillfully weaves the narrative and rich textured language, he manages to convey a great depth of attention in a condensed and controlled form. I believe it may be this finest collection.

I once wrote of Bottoms, ". . . as his growth continues, the next level for him will be among the elite of American letters, with Roethke, Warren, Wright, Hugo, Moore, Bishop, and others inspiring with such reverence." I believe this new collection justifies my bold statement. It is succinct, thought-provoking, and beautifully layered with poignant moments of family, childhood, loss, love, and the inevitable future before all of us. Even after the dramatic recollections that shaped the poet, he has hope for the future as in "Love at the Sunshine Club," "But as long as I remember that wrenched and scalded face,/ those shoulders trembling/ like a wet dog, that spittle and sweat,/ that red fist choking a beer can, how could I ever stop/believing in love?"

Bottoms is a poet who wants to remember the past, using it as a vehicle to move forward into the future with a clear understanding of what might to expect, and in doing so, many of the poems are about his father, the little nuances that made the man, as well as the man standing in front of him toward the end of his life, ". . .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Love to Read on September 13, 2011
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I've been a fan of David Bottoms' poetry (and novels!) for nearly two decades. Here, he gives us an elegant counterpoint to his earlier work. It is a necessary and enduring meditation on life and loss. It's his best yet.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ernest Suarez on September 15, 2011
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This is a remarkable book of poetry. The poems are deceptively simple, but continue to resonate, returning to you like the lyrics of a great song, gaining depth with each encounter, sticking with you more and more.
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