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5.0 out of 5 stars You Want Witty, Elliptical Ghazals? Madrid's Got Witty, Elliptical Ghazals., April 5, 2013
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Robert Archambeau (Lake Forest, IL USA) - See all my reviews
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The poems collected here are about as slack-free as any you're likely to find this side of Ezra Pound in his "In a Station of the Metro" 2-line imagism phase. Madrid's ghazals are more like little collections of two-line poems than anything else, with each as taut and pithy as the last. There's humor, surrealism, eroticism, and there's a sense of literary tradition worn lightly. I wish more poets wrote with the kind of wit and dash on display here. (Yeah, "dash." That's right. He's got dash, okay?).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Anthony Madrid makes me smile., January 14, 2013
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G. Merriam (Carlsbad, CA United States) - See all my reviews
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This volume by University of Chicago scholar Anthony Madrid, is remarkable. Madrid is insightful and witty. I look forward to reading more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 'Poetry, do your job' (sow mischief, pluck heartstrings, make us laugh, bring in God and sleep), June 23, 2012
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I may not seem like much to you now, but you're seeing me after the accident

Got this gem after a poem of his appeared in the essential Poetry (Chicago). It's in the tradition of the flakey narrator - Prufrock, Tristan Corbière (much more 'modern' than Laforgue) and the undervalued Scot Frank Kuppner - and it butters this reader's parsnips

Shall I write the little platitude poem that will save somebody's life?
I can no more write that poem than I can think rice into my bowl.

I'm only halfway, but the poems display a remarkable consistency. I think I may possibly have come to the finest poem in the collection; it's on page 61 and in the form common to pretty well all these poems consists of six discrete couplets with a coda or envoi - very Kuppner! In the next poem but one he splutters gloriously but briefly into rhyme. Rhyme: Madrid toys with it; on pages 76 and 80 it threatens to take over and turn into light verse; on page 106 he rides it then breaks free. His dissertation on the subject would be something to see

MADRID, do you not see your poetry gives comfort to the wicked?
It does give comfort to the wicked - but it also makes wiser the wise

- It gets better as you go on; of how many poets could that be said? -

The two halves of a halved grape are the RUNE for the Ass of the Future.
Whatever woman wants to press wine from that grape will have need of her high-heeled shoes

Deep. Then we meet Nadya Pencilthwapper, aka Nadya Mgongo. Things people often ask poets #1: 'But is it real?' I think I can assert on reasonable authority that Nadya IS REAL

..the HUMAN BOTCH/Cannot grow a new head

So true I'd buy the T-shirt. The influences here have been boiled down into something 'rich and strange'; this guy is so outside the loop he could almost pass for Canadian (there are at least several good Canadians - well, two for sure). I'm keeping my five star powder dry for now - four stars is a very, very good grading for a first book of poems, MADRID, and we wouldn't want you to lose your angst, now would we? I trust bebarbative (p74) is the de rigueur typo (rebarbative, like eschew and gewgaw, is a word that deserves more outings)
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I Am Your Slave Now Do What I Say by Anthony Madrid (Paperback - April 3, 2012)
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