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When You Say One Thing but Mean Your Mother Paperback – February 7, 2010
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This is decidedly not your mother's poetry. Thank god for that. Full of junkies, Jews, and Johnny Walker, these poems smile at you sweetly with razor blades in their cheeks. But for all the sharp wit and brand names the volume never loses sight of the essential humanity ("You are already forgiven. / You know that, / don't you?"). The underlying weight (but not heaviness) of Broder's excellent debut makes When You Say One Thing But Mean Your Mother easy to read and reread.