bodys - Kuhl House Poets (Paperback)Vanessa Roveto (author)
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Roveto's sentences hurtle forward with withering disjunctive energy, laying down traps of wordplay, tacking toward and veering away from syntactical targets, trying-on and sloughing-off pronoun positions with abandon. Yet for all its postmodern bravado- and irreverence, and frequent scary hilarity-bodys remains abidingly attached to exploring the problem of a human speaker addressing itself to another, and colliding with its own otherness along the way. It is the same problem-articulation as disarticulation- that animates the great Renaissance sonnet sequences, from which bodys is affectionately, and perversely, descended. What is bodys-what are bodys-anyway? A dysfunction in the body's ability to multiply itself ? A dysmorphic take on the body's sense of its reality? A dystopian vision of a world in which boundaries between selves and others have been overwhelmed by commerce, surveillance, medical technology, nihilistic agitprop? "Last night one of the girls asked about the relationship between a body and nobody," Roveto writes. "It was the beautiful question."
Publisher: University of Iowa Press
Number of pages: 66
Weight: 113 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 8 mm
"This stunningly strange debut of poetry, a sequence of oddly off-kilter poems, reads like Mad Libs on acid and will stick to the inside of your skull. A refreshing, disarming collection, which includes the single most exquisite appearances of "jeggings" (leggings resembling jeans) in American poetry to date."--Booklist-- (10/01/2016)
"In this inventive and arrestingly funny debut, Roveto unequivocally makes the familiar strange as she places human bodies in a seemingly endless array of contexts to produce striking and even disturbing juxtapositions. Through imaginative poems linked by voice and theme, Roveto takes the spectacle of modern consumption and flips it all upside-down."--starred review, Publishers Weekly--Publishers Weekly
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