The Apple That Astonished Paris
by Billy Collins
Arkansas Univ. Press c1988 Trade Paperback
This collection of poems by one of the genre's most readable and easily accessible craftsmen is sixty-one page romp through the disturbingly comedic fields of everyday life. Barking dogs. Bars. Reading Anna Karenina. Lowell, MA. Hart Crane. Gun Control. They're all here. I must profess that i've never been a HUGE Collins fan. That being said, I can appreciate his comedic genius and the niche he's built for himself in seemingly everyone's collection. Or was that Phil? Did Billy Collins record "Sussudio"? That was a hilarious tome.
The Nude Formalism
by Charles Bernstein and Susan Bee
20 Pages Press c1989 Chapbook
I was an english major in college. The best part about being an english major was being able to say to a professor, "Yeah, these poems by this T.S. Eliot guy are dandy and all, but i'm more of a devout Charles Bernstein follower." At the time it seemed like a badass thing to say. The moral of the story is that I was and still am a HUGE Bernstein fan:
- Man with no clothes trapped
in a zoo with a bird
trapped in a zoo with no
clothes. A fire engine hrt
the man's head in the
A wave broke on the man's head.
wave with circle, mirror, little
green purple washing face.
Also, I apparently dislike T.S. Eliot on a deeply subconscious level. I had no idea I knocked the man twice in one post. My apologies to the Eliot estate.
[if nobody buys this by the 25th of March, I will!]
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