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Blinking with Fists: Poems Hardcover – 26 Nov 2004

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  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber (26 Nov. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571211895
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571211890
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 1.4 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Corgan steps to the plate at the first scent of menace, prepared, as one who is born into the language of battle. His hands might be balled tight, but his soul absorbs what his fists cannot truly deflect. Never just the spectator, Corgan transforms his world into the palpable, lyrical beauty of the heartbreak of one who cannot turn away, allowing us to get as close as we dare without blinking." --J.T. Leroy, author of "Sarah" and "The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things"

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Billy Corgan is the singer and songwriter for the critically acclaimed, multiplatinum Chicago band Smashing Pumpkins. He is currently at work on his first novel.

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This was an unexpected masterpiece. One could quite easily group this book with the great confessional poets such as Sexton & Plath, with the fluid, easy, writing style & a seemingly natural rhythm that one needn't pause to even consider.
The emotive content pours fourth & everything makes a transient sort of sense with this book.
It speaks volumes to my bipolar self.
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Billy's lyrics were always amazing, his poetry continues inn the same vein.
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Absolutely increddible...amazing...brilliant...immaginative, innovative. If only a word existed to describe it. Billy has yet again broken all the boundaries and gone all out to create another masterpiece. This is a man who can excel in anything he does. There is only one regret...why isn't he god?
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HASH(0x98b84ee8) out of 5 stars Don't blink... 17 Sept. 2004
By EA Solinas - Published on
Format: Hardcover
It's hard to listen to the Smashing Pumpkins, and not be struck by former frontman Billy Corgan's unique writing -- often his songs sounded like poetry set to music. Now he really is a poet. "Blinking With Fists," his first book of poetry, is a stunning, wrenching look at Corgan's ever-expanding talents.

Corgan was known for plumbing the depths of his own feelings in his songs. Now he does the same for his poetry. His poems are gritty and jagged, but they shine through as examinations of his emotions: his loves, losses, loneliness, past regrets, and sometimes his hopes. He makes you feel thoughtful, isolated, on a dark street where dogs are barking, and the world seems to be winding down.

Billy Corgan rose to prominence during the grunge era of Nirvana in the early nineties, as frontman/writer/vocalist of the Smashing Pumpkins. Later, he was the frontman of the sadly short-lived Zwan. But with "Blinking With Fists," (and the novel Corgan is reportedly working on), he shows that he's not just a musician. He gets to take the evocative, eerie writing that he did in the Smashing Pumpkins and Zwan, and turn that writing into something purer.

What's even better, free-form poetry allows Corgan to be less restricted in his writing. In "Blinking," he doesn't have to form his poetry so that it will fit with music. But it still is very lyrical and beautiful, full of strange images and melancholy atmosphere. It takes a little while to really sink in -- but boy, is it worth it when it does.

Billy Corgan has apparently left his band days behind him. But his debut publication, "Blinking With Fists," is a breathtaking collection of poetry that bodes well for his solo career. Highly recommended.
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98b8830c) out of 5 stars How Shall I Say This 29 Aug. 2005
By Dai-keag-ity - Published on
Format: Hardcover
It's painful to say anything less than glowing things about this book, since I'm a major fan of the music Corgan and the other members of Smashing Pumpkins released, but I always also knew that when you got right down to it, much of what sounded so great as part of a song, made little real sense when read devoid of music. (For instance, "1979" one of the finest songs of the 90's, what do those words truly mean if you analyze them?) That's most of the problem here. I kept thinking how set to music much of Corgan's free verse would have taken wing, but on its was lacking: even empty. There are some good pieces here in Blinking with Fists but I hope Billy concentrates more on music in the future, since that's where his talent--genius I'll go so far as to say--really lies. Sorry, Billy.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98b88384) out of 5 stars From the Heart 5 Oct. 2004
By SweetTooth - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is a beautiful first book from Billy Corgan. I did not know what to expect when reading it, but as I went through the pages and let the poems sink in, I found it to be written straight from the heart. The subject matter is complex and can be interpreted at great depth. The enjoyment comes from taking your own meaning from the ideas that Billy presents here. I wish that all readers will take the time to pick up this book, whether you are a fan of Billy Corgan or not. As an artist and a visionary, Billy brings great beauty and intuition to his art and invites us to look deeper than what we are used to seeing and feeling.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98b88714) out of 5 stars nice lines.. 22 Sept. 2015
By Betty Deville - Published on
Format: Paperback

he may be the reason why smashing pumpkins is in hiatus but this artist is just too impressive to be hated. he was just a young boy.. but now he's a poet.. a great poet!
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HASH(0x98b8884c) out of 5 stars Billy is empty, just like me 28 Sept. 2004
By Rufus Follet - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I would like to know how many of these "poems" Billy Corgan submitted to literary quarterlies over the years? How many of them have been previously published? How many rejection notes did he receive? Actually, I'm pretty sure the answer to all of these questions is "none." Corgan used to have a way with song lyrics; they were not the most brilliant lyrics, but more often than not, they worked well with the music he made. "I used to be a little boy, so old in my shoes" is not a brilliant line. But in the context of "Disarm," it's a nice little nugget of mid-'90s alternarock juxtaposition. Somewhere after Adore, however, everything went wrong in Corgan's brain. His head swelled to the size of the universe and so did his narcissistic God complex. This book only proves what his detractors have been saying for years. It's an atrocity of literarture and should never have seen the light of day. Someone needs to start telling Billy Corgan "no" before he does further damage to his already diminished artistic reputation. Blinking With Fists is recommended only for masochistic fans too blind in their devotion to give this book the critical bashing it so clearly deserves.
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