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Starred Review. We still can't know/ anyone but we have a way of not minding not knowing, says Lambda Award–winning poet Bibbins (Sky Lounge) in the first poem of this second collection, which takes much of its subject matter and its attitude from life in George W. Bush's America, where a drop/ of empathy sinks into/ a millionth word for shit/ said a million times. These poems are made powerful by the bitter energy of a voice not silenced but made to sound ridiculous in a political culture in which disagreement with the government is unpatriotic. A series of poems called Forcefield seeks to take stock of and reconcile the damage America has done to itself: we inch/ away from the windows// the bones// come falling/ down the chimney// the bones are still wet. Other poems elliptically speak for heartbroken citizens: I mean not to trivialize, but once/ we experienced it as agoraphobia—// real work getting out the door—/ and look what lay there: unreadings/ and misgivings. The colossal long poem that concludes the book describes The Devil You Don't, who was more often the tempted/ than the tempter. Those who will feel themselves spoken for by these poems have been hungrily awaiting this book. (Sept.)
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"Bibbins has the courage to stop, to pin down the always irrational present moment, and the reader is eager to follow, to inhale its scathing or enticing perfumea brilliant young poet." --John Ashbery "Sky Lounge is filled with poems that play with form and language, and that are ceaselessly inventive and experimental." --Lambda Book Report "Mark Bibbins's poems zoom in on the minute gestures of social life and the products that attend them." --Peter Gizzi
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Copper Canyon Press; 1st edition (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556592922
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556592928
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,851,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By John Michael Albert on March 7, 2010
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There are several complex, exalted appraisals of this book on the back from the likes of Laurie Anderson and John Ashbery. What I would add to their considered praise is my own first impression, what a tremendous pleasure it is to be in the presence of a young, modern poet who is having so damned much fun writing. Some of the poems come off as serious, brow-wrinkled experiments in form and content but--and this may just be my own particular insanity at work--I am constantly aware of this sort of Puckishness at work. Even in his most serious work, I catch the glint of a pair of eyes peeking from behind it that seem to say, "Did I getcha?" I'm very happy to know that I share this world at this time with such a kindred spirit. it helps to make it all a bit more bearable.
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Another truly exceptional work by Mark Bibbins. Though I confess a sense of loss, at times, for some of Bibbins' earlier works — I'd even say more brazen, in the sense of his persona poems — well, no hard feelings, right?

Here yet remains thrill, the exceptional, that which is raw and extraordinary.

There is no other contemporary poet like Mark Bibbins, and I won't stop reading him, so long as he's writing. Mm.

~Louise, the Poetry Aficionado of Thelma and Louise
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