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"At turns intimate or boisterously satiric, THE VIRGIN FORMICA can gently detonate or erupt, carrying readers along on ripples or shock waves." --Paul Violi

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Sharon Mesmer is the author of Annoying Diabetic Bitch (Combo Books, 2008), The Virgin Formica (Hanging Loose, 2008), Vertigo Seeks Affinities (Belladonna Books, 2006), Half Angel, Half Lunch (Hard Press, 1998) and Crossing Second Avenue (ABJ Books, Japan, 1997). Her prose collections are Ma Vie ... Yonago (Hachette Litt‚ratures, France, in French translation, 2005) and In Ordinary Time and The Empty Quarter (Hanging Loose Press, 2005 and 2000). Lonely Tylenol, an art book in collaboration with the painter David Humphrey, was published in 2003 by Flying Horse Editions/University of Central Florida. She is a two-time New York Foundation for the Arts fellow in poetry.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 92 pages
  • Publisher: Hanging Loose Press (May 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931236917
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931236911
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,407,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kevin Killian HALL OF FAME on April 14, 2008
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During a recent visit to New York City a kind friend asked me if I had read any exciting works of poetry lately. Oh yes, I enthused, naming quite a few written by the West Coast-based poets I know best. She was astounded to hear that Sharon Mesmer's THE VIRGIN FORMICA had not made its way into my hands yet, and she rose from the Bowery bench on which we were eating lunch, to find a bookstore and to buy me a copy of the Mesmer book. "She isn't consistently consistent," explained my friend, as we criss-crossed the aisles of McNally Robinson hunting for this text. "And sometimes she goes on and on and you don't really know what she's on about. But when she's hot, she'll burn the house down." We discussed how formica has sometimes been known to resist the highest flames, a chemical polymer that carries within in an appealing "wrinkled" look as though its metallic components had fairly crumpled at birth. "It has a blue cover," my friend recalled, her own brow wrinkled now with difficulty. "and a horrible insect in dissection giving birth to a ball of silken yarn, with little angels in its four corners like Donne."

Together we found the book and on my way home I had myself a quick lesson in "Mesmerism." Part of her appeal is her wry, suggestive tone, an extraordinarily intimate instrument she handles with the precision of a surgeon. It's like she's right in your ear, whispering an exegesis of the past hundred years of culture and history; in a way the whole book seems like a continuing struggle against nostalgia, a redefinition of the "good old days." "Like Bartleby I prefer not to, but I've got a good reason," she confides, in the Audenesque "For the Time Being.
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Prolific, Veteran, and multi-lingual poet Sharon Mesmer returns with another fine anthology of poetry with "The Virgin Formica", a collection of surreal and vividly composed poetry. Both personal and witty, her poetry is gripping and will keep you asking for more. "The Virgin Formica" is highly recommended for community library poetry collections and poetry lovers everywhere. Good Sleepin' Weather: Cold air/everywhere/and the impoverished edge/of anxiety/of kitchen knives/that thrive/under roofs the color/of horses' hooves/After shopping at Zayre/we walked back to the Rambler/and dark was the screen/of the outdoor theater/where earlier they'd lowered a whore/from a helicopter./"Man," Dad said,/"This is what you call/good sleepin' weather."
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