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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (15 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300107897
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300107890
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 14 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,751 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Siken writes about love, desire, violence, and eroticism with a cinematic brilliance and urgency that makes this one of the best books of contemporary poetry."-Victoria Chang, The Huffington Post -- Victoria Chang The Huffington Post

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Richard Siken lives in Tucson, Arizona. He is cofounder and editor of the literary magazine spork.


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It's right that you should buy this book.

There's a slight tendency within literary circles online to view the quoting of Siken as too common, to even label him as hipster. To be honest, I don't think that's true; and I would urge you not to let that stop you from buying this book. To avoid something because other people like it? I'm sorry, but that doesn't make much sense to me. You should just like things. This book certainly isn't over-hyped in this country, as you never hear Siken mentioned at all.

That being said, I think it's a shame. Because this book truly is beautiful. Siken has the ability to craft painfully beautiful sentences that attach themselves to the mind for a long time. Moreover, this collection is painful to read in places, because of how truthful you can see it is. It's plain that Siken had to go through a difficult period to produce something like this, and that should not be taken for granted. I think it's rare to find poetry so startlingly genuine and unnerving.

It's very difficult to choose my favourite poems, actually. Because they are all absolutely beautiful. Taken one by one, they are works of art in their own right, but together the journey through the book and the pieces is really rather like music. I can't think of much higher praise. "You Are Jeff" is bewildering, confusing like being in a nightmare; "Snow and Dirty Rain" the perfect end to the book, a truthful voice there; "Litany in Which Certain Things Are Crossed Out" is grand and sweeping and really very, very clever. The language is always beautiful.

I'll leave you with one quote, which took a long time to decide on.

"A man takes his sadness down to the river and throws it in the river
but then he's still left
with the river.
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I've always been a fan of Richard Siken, but I had to say that this is by far my most favourite poetry book he has ever released. It's filled with such raw emotion that you can't help but be sucked in and spat back out as you turn each page. Beautifully written, and will forever be a favourite of mine.
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This is an amazing book. The poems are moving, and the story is powerful. There is a reason why Siken was rewarded the 2004 Yale Series of Younger Poets. I recommend this completely.
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I knew one line out of one poem Richard Siken wrote years ago but I saw this and decided to take the jump an order it. It's extraordinary poetry; It's filled with sentiment and intent and angst and everything poetry should be.
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