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on May 11, 2007
Jillian Weise, The Amputee's Guide to [...] (Soft Skull, 2007)
"Your favorite post-[...] pastime
is naming my scars.
The name for the railroad track
along my back - Engine."
There can be no denying that Jillian Weise is a powerful poet. However, when fifty-eight of her poems are collected into one eighty-one-page volume, the effect of each powerful poem, taken singly, is diminished. Weise starts looking like a one-trick pony, someone who approaches poetry as fetish. Or, worse, as therapy.
"When I hopped to the bathroom,
he shouted, prettiest cripple I ever
seen and I woke everyone up yelling
Am not, am not, am not!"
If you pick this book up, and there's certainly every reason to, a piece of advice: read one or two poems a day, maybe one or two a week. This is not a book to be read straight through. ** ½