CRUSH BY RICHARD SIKEN PDF

Every morning another chapter where the hero shifts from one foot to the other. Every morning the same big and little words all spelling out desire, all spelling out You will be alone always and then you will die. So maybe I wanted to give you something more than a catalog of non-definitive acts, something other than the desperation. You want a better story.

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He is cofounder and editor of the literary magazine spork. Read an Excerpt Sunlight pouring across your skin, your shadow flat on the wall. The dawn was breaking the bones of your heart like twigs. You had not expected this, the bedroom gone white, the astronomical light pummeling you in a stream of fists. You raised your hand to your face as if to hide it, the pink fingers gone gold as the light streams straight to the bone, as if you were the small room closed in glass with every speck of dust illuminated.

The light is no mystery, the mystery is that there is something to keep the light from passing through Editorial Reviews "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. This book will excite patrons and be long remembered.

Recommended for all collections. Crush is a vivid, fast-paced book that may be read as a single, powerful sequence. Through his powerful use of the second person, Siken reaches out to you, the reader, pulls you into his picture show, makes you the reluctant star. By the end of the collection, you are left feeling implicated, participatory. With sophisticated wordplay and provocative shifts between first and second person, Siken expresses a frustration with earthbound details and bodily confinement.

He effectively juxtaposes holy wishes with mundane images—making them both seem beautiful by some strange lyrical alchemy—throwing love in with the sock drawer. Richard Siken writes a pulsing, rambling, surrealistic, and cinematic verse.

While the language and energy and pure sensational vision of this poetry might seep into your soul like the whiskey so often invoked in these pages, you will taste the salt of blood on your tongue after you finish reading Crush—and you will never look at love and the comfort it promises the same way again. His talent is evident on almost every page. His world might be a dark one, but his writing shimmers.

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