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Kim Addonizio

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1 July 2000 American Poets Continuum (Book 61)
Poetry. Addonizio writes of herself, her passions and predicaments, without ever seeming 'confessional' or narcissistic, because what she relates is true of all mankind -- especially womankind -- Carolyn Kizer. Many of the poems in TELL ME can be read as intensified versions of the barroom ballad -- songs of good and bad love, songs of the allure and the failure of drink. But regardless of the subject, Kim Addonizio's poems are stark mirrors of self-examination, and she looks into them without blinking -- Billy Collins.

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Kim Addonizio is the author of Tell Me, a finalist for the 2000 National Book Award for Poetry. She is co-author with Dorianne Laux of The Poet's Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry. Addonizio's first collection, The Philosopher's Club, received the 1994 Great Lakes New Writers' Award and a Silver Medal from the Commonwealth Club of California. She holds a master's degree in creative writing from San Francisco State University and is the recipient of two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a Pushcart Prize. She lives in San Francisco.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Form and Narrative Hit the Streets 1 Sep 2000
By Robert McDowell - Published on
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This book is a marvelous tonic for those who denigrate the contemporary use of traditional form and storytelling in poems. Old fashioned? Out of date? Read this book and Wake Up! Smart, sassy, funny, sexy, tender and bold, these poems give us the news of a wild, humane world that I, for one, am delighted to wake up living in. In a world of so many poet-phonies, Addonizio is grounded. Her poems are the real deal.
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot Poetry 18 Mar 2014
By M. Tretin - Published on
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Thee poems are so passionate and the images are so arresting, that they will increase your capacity to give and receive love.

You will read one of these poems aloud to someone you cherish and they will ask for more.

If you think you do not like poetry, you have not read the works of Km Addonizio, she is at once accessible and deep.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Amazon Poetry Purchase 28 Jun 2010
By John N. Varnell - Published on
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I love all of Kim Addonzios' work and this is another fine example of why.
She writes with a blunt edge and always tells the truth forcing the reader to
take a little closer look at how her words tell their story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Raw and real 19 Oct 2008
By A. Slaff - Published on
I read this book for an independent study in women's sexuality. This book of poetry has a section titled "Good Girl" in which a number of poems specifically address femininity and female sexuality including What Do Women Want, Good Girl, Physics, and One-Night Stands. Addonizio uses vivid and often stark imagery to depict important female moments, like single motherhood and meaningless sexual encounters. Few other poets deal with issues so central to female identity with as much blunt force as Addonizio does in this book.

Also, on a side note, she is a very kind woman who, when I asked if I could put excerpts from her book onto my independent study blog said that no one should ever have to ask to write about poetry. This is a real book with real emotions about a real woman. It is not always lyrical but it is rich with "woman." I was glad to have read this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tell Me by Kim Addonizio 9 April 2002
By Drew Fogartie - Published on
Addonizio's poems speak honestly and openly about issues many people would prefer to avoid. She doesn't mask life's truth in her eloquently written poems. Her poetry grabs the reader and forces he/she to witness the reality of family, sex, violence, and personal darkness. Although any lover of poetry would enjoy this poet's work, I recommend every young woman, striving to be a successful writer, take in all Addonizio's raw magic.
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