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Tender Buttons Paperback – November 13, 2013
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"There is no gratitude in mercy or in medicine. There can be breakages in Japanese. That is no program. That is no color chosen, it was chosen yesterday, that sowed spitting and perhaps washing and polishing. It certainly showed no obligation and perhaps if borrowing is not natural there is some use in giving."
As I'm sure you can see, the phrasing used strongly suggests some kind of link between the second sentence and the third. If you can see what that link is (and, in particular, if you can explain what on earth 'Glazed Glitter' is supposed to be), then buy this book. I'm sure you'll take something useful from it. If, like me, all you can see is a random jumble of words, take my advice and buy something else.
Stein writes in "Breakfast" from "FOOD", "Suspect a single buttered flower, suspect it certainly, suspect it and then glide, does that not alter a counting." How important is this color? This coloring? This flower of yellow? The yellow does not overwhelm, it is nicely dispersed throughout the poetry. But what does it mean? What magical images does it conjure up in our minds?
Other colors join in. Clear English vocabulary with a twist. Other colors join in. Images come first, narrative is secondary...
Tender Buttons was written 57 years after Les Fleurs du mal was first published in 1857. The two are more contemporaries than we are from them both. Gertrude Stein was a Giant. A monster perhaps, but a giant nonetheless. Tender Buttons is a masterpiece, not a game, a way of seeing the world and the burial of the body of the Dead! (In memory of Charles Baudelaire).
Get wet in a reign-fall of primary colors! See for yourself! Enjoy...
12/26/13... & what should be made of Stein's diction? Complicated or childlike? Enlightening or gibberish? Stein challenges our understanding of language as code for symbols. Stein writes in poetic "scat." It is not necessarily meant to say anything, but rather use words as symbols of images, images created & completed by the imagination of the reader.
Yellow means Liberty according to the 1830 painting by Eugene Delacroix titled, "Liberty leads the People.Read more ›
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I love this - and have used this for a MOOC course on Tender Buttons - it is a great edition!Published on March 20, 2014 by Judy Meibach
Everyone who was anyone in that age met this woman and found her engaging. Have not read it yet but high expectations which I hope it will fill.Published on March 30, 2013 by Dorian Bennett