Monday, September 27, 2010

Reprint: 95 Books

From the 95 Books blog, in which the conceit is: "In 2006, George W. Bush read 95 books. We will do better."

Contributors include nikki reimer, Jonathan Ball, ryan fitzpatrick, melanie brannagan frederiksen, Claire Lacey, William Neil Scott, Natalie Zina Walschots and Meghan Doraty, among others...
94. Hump (Ariel Gordon)
A first poetry collection organized around the poet’s pregnancy, Hump could move in a lot of lousy directions but Gordon reigns in the sentimentality as much as possible to produce a set of clever and curious poems.

Although loving, the poems also give away her frustration and otherwise focus on the changes in her life that the child hath wrought.

I enjoyed this book much more than I expected to, given that this generally isn’t my “thing” — Gordon also has a good eye for alliteration and internal rhythm and makes better use of compound adjectives than I’ve seen in a while (in the early poems, that is, the ones that have nothing to do with the child but set up a contrast so that the changes in her life become apparent).

How often do you see a well-used compound adjective in poetry? A tiny excerpt for you:

I wanted to write a tender poem
about you that marked the moment months in,
months in, when your dry furious cheeks
first wetted down

but I don’t remember when it was

& I would still give just about anything
for a moment to myself
& oh fuck you just woke up—

— Jonathan Ball

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