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Product Details

  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Civil Coping Mechanisms (February 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937865045
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937865047
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,426,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jordan Castro (b. 1992) is the author of the poetry books "if i really wanted to feel happy i'd feel happy already" (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2014) and "YOUNG AMERICANS" (2013). His work has been published by Thought Catalog, Hobart, Muumuu House, The Fanzine. He lives in Lakewood, Ohio.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By marlena on February 11, 2013
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this is the kind of book i would feel relieved to find in the bathroom at a party or something. i frequently feel anxious/inadequate at socializing with other people, and when i read this book, i felt a sense of solidarity with jordan because i can relate to his difficulty relating to other people. i felt good while reading it and intend to read it again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Zach on February 19, 2013
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I read this book in one night, not because I was planning to, but because I couldn't/didn't want to stop. Jordan's writing is compelling, readable, honest and sometimes even brilliant. This book is about a philosophy, the philosophy of Jordan, of a generation. Reading this book, I kept feeling like Jordan "has arrived" at something, the edge of modern philosophy, in which everything--every feeling, every interaction--can be deconstructed into exactly what it is, as it should be. There were poems in here that me feel emotional, there were poems in here that made me feel sad, there were poems in here that made me laugh. A good writer is perceptive enough to notice aspects of life and describe them in a way that others haven't yet, and this in turn helps the reader identify those same perceptions or feelings in the their own life. I can definitely say that "Young Americans" is a book that does this, and I highly recommend it for other young americans, or anyone in general.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. R. D. on March 6, 2013
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I've read through this book once so far. Periods of time seemed to sort disappear while I was reading it. When I stopped reading it I felt like I was 'emerging' from something back into the world or my room or wherever. I like this feeling a lot and don't have it very often.

The poems seem very well-'crafted' to me, I guess in the 'sense' that it seems like Jordan both cares about words a great deal and that he takes very good 'care' of them when he uses them in poems. 'Care' seems like an important word re: these poems, in a non-ironic way. To me they are very clear poems and/but are aware of the ways in which things in 'life' are not so clear, especially things in/things that have to do with thoughts. To me they are very precise poems in how they address those ways and those things.

''Photo Booth' Video Emotional Poem' felt especially 'astonishing' to me. I've had thoughts about it being 'one of the best poems I've ever read I'm pretty sure'. There are probably several reasons for my thinking/feeling like this about it but I'm not sure how to articulate them yet, or if I should (try to) articulate them, etc.

I look forward to reading this book again very much.
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