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The frontman and lyricist for the Smashing Pumpkins—whose alternative-rock hits soared through millions of radios in the mid-1990s—enters the arena of the written word with this passionate, if rarely subtle, debut. Corgan has also worked in Chicago-area theater and in spoken-word performance, and his free verse often shows the directness associated with those venues, as well as the oddities fans of his lyrics will know: "The way/ You look/ At me/ Makes me/ Lonely/ Grinding tears/ Behind a mask/ Made of/ Abalone," begins "The Sun of Flowers." Hope, dreams and erotic excitement are frequent themes, while nautical or seaside settings predominate: "the most eternal sun-drenched kiss," Corgan exclaims, "is locked in my mind as something I won’t miss/ Or even try to remember." Other work may resonate with fans, yet strike even them as vague, even amateurish: "Whatever was needed will find its way home/ Delivered with riches and prayers full of soul." The title, with its intimations of a frustrated child, may be the best thing about this collection, and its most appropriate introduction.
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“Never just the spectator, Corgan transforms his world into the palpable lyrical beauty of the heartbreak of one who cannot turn away, allowing us to get as close as we dare without blinking.” ―J. T. LeRoy, author of Sarah and The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; First Edition edition (March 21, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571211704
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571211708
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #925,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 16, 2004
Format: Hardcover
It's hard to listen to the Smashing Pumpkins, and not be struck by former frontman Billy Corgan's unique writing -- often his songs sounded like poetry set to music. Now he really is a poet. "Blinking With Fists," his first book of poetry, is a stunning, wrenching look at Corgan's ever-expanding talents.

Corgan was known for plumbing the depths of his own feelings in his songs. Now he does the same for his poetry. His poems are gritty and jagged, but they shine through as examinations of his emotions: his loves, losses, loneliness, past regrets, and sometimes his hopes. He makes you feel thoughtful, isolated, on a dark street where dogs are barking, and the world seems to be winding down.

Billy Corgan rose to prominence during the grunge era of Nirvana in the early nineties, as frontman/writer/vocalist of the Smashing Pumpkins. Later, he was the frontman of the sadly short-lived Zwan. But with "Blinking With Fists," (and the novel Corgan is reportedly working on), he shows that he's not just a musician. He gets to take the evocative, eerie writing that he did in the Smashing Pumpkins and Zwan, and turn that writing into something purer.

What's even better, free-form poetry allows Corgan to be less restricted in his writing. In "Blinking," he doesn't have to form his poetry so that it will fit with music. But it still is very lyrical and beautiful, full of strange images and melancholy atmosphere. It takes a little while to really sink in -- but boy, is it worth it when it does.

Billy Corgan has apparently left his band days behind him. But his debut publication, "Blinking With Fists," is a breathtaking collection of poetry that bodes well for his solo career. Highly recommended.
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It's painful to say anything less than glowing things about this book, since I'm a major fan of the music Corgan and the other members of Smashing Pumpkins released, but I always also knew that when you got right down to it, much of what sounded so great as part of a song, made little real sense when read devoid of music. (For instance, "1979" one of the finest songs of the 90's, what do those words truly mean if you analyze them?) That's most of the problem here. I kept thinking how set to music much of Corgan's free verse would have taken wing, but on its own...it was lacking: even empty. There are some good pieces here in Blinking with Fists but I hope Billy concentrates more on music in the future, since that's where his talent--genius I'll go so far as to say--really lies. Sorry, Billy.
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The book to own if you are a fan of The Smashing Pumpkins and/or Billy Corgan himself...the book has a very nice cover picture that makes it easy to open and wondering what kind of writing is in this one...poems of course...that stand alone...very happy w/this...thanks for reading!!!
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This is a beautiful first book from Billy Corgan. I did not know what to expect when reading it, but as I went through the pages and let the poems sink in, I found it to be written straight from the heart. The subject matter is complex and can be interpreted at great depth. The enjoyment comes from taking your own meaning from the ideas that Billy presents here. I wish that all readers will take the time to pick up this book, whether you are a fan of Billy Corgan or not. As an artist and a visionary, Billy brings great beauty and intuition to his art and invites us to look deeper than what we are used to seeing and feeling.
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BILLY CROGAN IS MY LITERARY HERO.

he may be the reason why smashing pumpkins is in hiatus but this artist is just too impressive to be hated. he was just a young boy.. but now he's a poet.. a great poet!
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By karen on April 24, 2016
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I used to admire Billy Corgan as a songwriter and frontman of the greatest grunge band in history... but after reading this, I finally realized that I'm too stone-hearted for his melodramatic words. Salute!
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Picked up this collection of poetry entitled "blinking with fists" from the local bookstore without realizing at first who the writer was. It was like most times when I pick up a book whether of poetry or a novel, that being the content that I browsed through. Thought the two poems I read there standing in the aisle where something of interest that I bought it.

In just a few pages I found myself connected to the man who founded the Smashing Pumpkins. Connected to the words of his poetry and the struggles I could feel through those words.

Opening the book is the poem "The Poetry of My Heart" which sets the stage for the remaining pieces. The collection is full of looks within him and like many writers/musicians, we write these things down to purge the soul somehow.

A book worth looking at.
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By Julie Davis on October 12, 2013
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I was a huge Smashing Pumpkins fan in my teens and especially loved Corgan's lyrics. I admit I had high expectations for this book. I found 2 poems I kinda, sorta liked, and the rest were a waste of ink and paper. I wanted to like it, and I tried really hard, but alas.
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