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Slanky Paperback – January 1, 2003

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Soft Skull Press (January 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1887128719
  • ISBN-13: 978-1887128711
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,586,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Pen Name? VINE VOICE on December 13, 2002
Format: Paperback
Mike Doughty is a master of wordplay and unique rythym patterns. His style both reveals his new york influences and his associations with other NY poets and musicians, but is still totally unique and distinctive. He had been printing and selling copies of this collection for quite a while, but I'm glad to see that Soft Skull has done it justice. Folks familiar with other Soft Skull poets like Todd Colby (who Doughty once referred to as a "New Jack Quasimodo") or John S. Hall will be into this, though Doughty is much more a "serious" poet than either of those men, there is much dark humor abound in Slanky. And if you love Soul Coughing or Doughty's solo records, you'll definitely be into this. you can't read these poems with out hearing his voice in them. This is a very interesting book, kids.
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If you love discovering the beauty of language, you will adore this book. Even though I know every word by heart, I still pour over the pages. I promise, this book will not dissapoint.
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This is a wonderful collection of thought provoking poetry that truly captures the imagination. Mike Doughty surely has the capability to turn a phrase in the most interesting of ways. I read a review of this collection of poems once that described it as 'pop poetry', which never quite sat right with me in the context it was stated. While these are contemporary poems with definite references to pop culture (and yes, there are a few that are a little abstract) calling it pop poetry was somewhat dismissive and seemed to cheapen it in my opinion. On the contrary, there are some masterfully crafted works here that convey a story and emotion well beyond the written word, that to me takes more than a little skill to pen. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the sheer enjoyment that can be attained from the written word.
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Poetry is so easy to write but so impossible to do well that most people dislike it simply because they've never read anything good. If you don't like poetry, this is one of those books that could change your mind. It's unselfconscious, entertaining and most importantly, insightful without being annoyingly philosophical. As you can tell from the title, it's full of great words.
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