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I Am Your Slave Now Do What I Say

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ISBN-13: 978-0984947102
ISBN-10: 0984947108
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About the Author

Anthony Madrid was born in 1968, raised in Maryland, and lives in Chicago. His poems have appeared in Poetry, The Hat, LIT, FENCE, Zoland Poetry, and many other journals, as well as in a chapbook, The 580 Strophes, publishd by Cosa Nostra Editions in 2009.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Canarium Books (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984947108
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984947102
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,342,518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I may not seem like much to you now, but you're seeing me after the accident

Got this gem after a poem of his appeared in the essential Poetry (Chicago). It's in the tradition of the flakey narrator - Prufrock, Tristan Corbière (much more 'modern' than Laforgue) and the undervalued Scot Frank Kuppner - and it butters this reader's parsnips

Shall I write the little platitude poem that will save somebody's life?
I can no more write that poem than I can think rice into my bowl.

I'm only halfway, but the poems display a remarkable consistency. I think I may possibly have come to the finest poem in the collection; it's on page 61 and in the form common to pretty well all these poems consists of six discrete couplets with a coda or envoi - very Kuppner! In the next poem but one he splutters gloriously but briefly into rhyme. Rhyme: Madrid toys with it; on pages 76 and 80 it threatens to take over and turn into light verse; on page 106 he rides it then breaks free. His dissertation on the subject would be something to see

MADRID, do you not see your poetry gives comfort to the wicked?
It does give comfort to the wicked - but it also makes wiser the wise

- It gets better as you go on; of how many poets could that be said? -

The two halves of a halved grape are the RUNE for the Ass of the Future.
Whatever woman wants to press wine from that grape will have need of her high-heeled shoes

Deep. Then we meet Nadya Pencilthwapper, aka Nadya Mgongo. Things people often ask poets #1: 'But is it real?' I think I can assert on reasonable authority that Nadya IS REAL

..the HUMAN BOTCH/Cannot grow a new head

So true I'd buy the T-shirt.
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The poems collected here are about as slack-free as any you're likely to find this side of Ezra Pound in his "In a Station of the Metro" 2-line imagism phase. Madrid's ghazals are more like little collections of two-line poems than anything else, with each as taut and pithy as the last. There's humor, surrealism, eroticism, and there's a sense of literary tradition worn lightly. I wish more poets wrote with the kind of wit and dash on display here. (Yeah, "dash." That's right. He's got dash, okay?).
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This volume by University of Chicago scholar Anthony Madrid, is remarkable. Madrid is insightful and witty. I look forward to reading more.
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