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D of references to say Horace pretentious Though the poems are well written at times I wasn t compelled to read on There s just no winning in this life is there Brandon Lee Deleon as I contemplated what I would write in this review textbox I bought this book when it Language - A Student Handbook on Key Topics and Theories first came out in 2002 and read it cover to cover I remember being blown away by the poems and have held onto itor that reason I have recently returned to my practice of reading at Least One Poem Daily one poem daily so I picked this one back up but I didn t have nearly the same response Maybe my taste in poetry has evolved but maybe and I think this a likely scenario it s about where I am in my life right now I believe that poetry speaks so strongly to Blind Sided feeling and mood that poets and poems will resonate at some points in our lives than others and that the book I rate a three today I may have rated aour back in 2002 and may rate a IGNITING THE FIRE (The Crow Academy Book 1) five or a two some day in theuture I will also say that two of the last poems in the book Self Storage and Aubade particularly Aubade are now among my Moobli favorite poems 25 I guess This is Chiasson s debut collection and I haven t read much of his poetry though have read some of his critical essays It s hardor me Cicada Paul 113 Visit Deer Anonymous Bust of a Man c AD 100 One are all lovely. Ed humanity This sophisticated debut collection offers deceptively simple poems that evoke highly complex states of mind with a voice that has long been listening to the discordant music of contemporary li. Not sure I m explaining myself clearly Chiasson like Bidart is interested in unearthing and attempting to reconcile the shame accumulated through the small unearthing and attempting to reconcile the shame accumulated through the small of a life lived but where Bidart s earnestness is enacted struggle the painstaking struggle to get the words right to The Secret Art of Great Conversation force through breath pause and logical connection the shame up against confession in a breathless tension Chiassonalls prey to surrealistic devices One would rather that Chiasson have stayed closely affiliated to his enacted struggle once the poems begin to coalesce Chiasson s project seems too grand a Comic Print and Theatre in Early Modern Amsterdam failure of the imagination He tries too hard in other words toorce the Big Idea through his carefully constructed lines This is not to say the book isn t worth reading The middle section s tight spare isn t worth reading The middle section s tight spare suggest Chiasson s direction in his second book and are sharpest Digital Trust for their implication The longer poems toward the end of the book seem to be where Chiasson mostly comes up short One wonders if the book sinal Tootles The Taxi And Other Rhymes fifteen pages excluding aew of the On My Knees (Stark International Trilogy, final poems might have been cut to preserve the spare effects those lyrics have to hold the reader in a state of suspended imagining Dan Chiasson is a talented poet But some of the poems in thisirst collection eel too clever and with the overloa. Divulges the enigmas of the mind of not just one individual but of an entire social world through a beautifully constructed poetic voice that issues rom a kind of mythic
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First book of poems I ve read in a while to which my primary response was envy Chiasson s world is populated with things than people but everything is colorful and alive and subject to all the despair that the ormer entail He has a The Hate U Give firm but delicate hand with his language I suppose it does sometimes come up to the edge of being too polished butor me the compression and precision almost always paid off I enjoyed the way Chaisson makes observation of the world or others a method of discovering about the speaker I ve reread many of the poems in this collection to a growing sense of Building Vocabulary Skills frustration It s as if each of the poems glistens with the promise of an object viewedrom ar off but upon closer inspection of the poems it becomes clear that most of the interest Chiasson generates is through a highly polished display OF LANGUAGE NOT THAT THIS IS NECESSARILY A BAD language Not that this is necessarily a bad it s just that one irst senses a promise in the book s early poems that diminishes over time when the artifice of the language wears away in the longer narrative poems of the book s inal section It s as if after too many readings Chiasson s subjects become too contrived as if he were putting them out there as lies
that slowly unravel to reveal something superficial the desire to be heard To shock and awe I Bothslowly unravel to reveal something superficial the desire to be heard To shock and awe I Both personal and deeply rooted in recognizable events of personal amilial or national significance The Afterlife of Objects is a kind of dreamed autobiography With poise and skill Dan Chiasson.