- Series: Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series
- Paperback: 80 pages
- Publisher: Carnegie Mellon; 01 edition (January 11, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0887485502
- ISBN-13: 978-0887485503
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,213,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Spitshine (Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series) 01st Edition
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"Of the word 'bride,' Anne Marie Rooney writes: 'It has clout and a thorn, a tender to its center.' The same could be said of these poems that weird the lyric into liminal states and imbue it with a powerful erotic charge. 'Every man / I've ever seen has seen me back. My eyes / sweat from it . . .' The sensibility―toughtalking, complex―charms and seduces in poems that figure the body as the ultimate domestic space. The body, what a place to live! is everywhere implied. Spitshine implodes with a pentimento of tones, noir to bright, and a list of the book's torqued forms―sonnet, prose poem, sestina―can't do justice to the poems' mordant, musical richness. Rooney also has her way with genre in a series of edgy pastorals and sexy elegies. Beyond pretty, her work foments an uncanny interiority, an untoward, bodice-ripping poetics of agency: 'I am unable to stay . . . anyone's kick-cat.' Trenchant, cheeky, the poems spit, and yes, shine with the singular glow of consciousness itself: '. . . Over fences my heart lifts / nothing and nothing at midnight is like it . . .' At once brazen and poignant, written in a hussified whiplash tongue, Rooney's poems create lushly oblique states of being and vex language into something ravishing and new." (Alice Fulton)