Tell me about the dream where we pull the bodies out of the lake and dress them in warm clothes again. How it was late, and no one could sleep, the horses. In honor of Valentine’s Day this week, I want to celebrate a book of poems I’m in love with. Richard Siken’s Crush changed poetry for me; after. Crush by Richard Siken, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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Every poem in this book is essentially the same. He is thinking that if only he could cut him open and peel him back and crawl inside this second skin, then skken could relive that last mile again: I had a Coke at the bar. I bought a second copy and the first reappeared. Contemporary syntax fails him.

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. I saw an excerpt of several of the poems from this book on tumblr, and they really grabbed me in a way I couldn’t describe.

Want to Read saving…. Let me name the stars for you. Your regularly scheduled programming will resume once the emotions of this reviewer have been properly boxed and tamed. With this appropriation of cinematic lexicon and familiar, genre-specific tropes, Siken appeals to the modern appetite for visual camp and the satisfaction of recognition it provides. Feb 06, Liz rated it really liked it Shelves: The repetition of pacing and break builds on the down tempo into a culminating panic under the weight of body and the gravity of obsessive love.


A kiss, blood, hunger, hidden glances, light, leather, pain I had a Coke with ice. He also distances himself from the traditional poetic universe, which is stereotyped as serious and Romantic, with rhymed and metered lines about willows or swans.

Crush by Richard Siken

His pace and image teach us fight from the first two pages how to read the work, and how to prepare yourself for the worlds of panic, death, and love which are to come.

Crush is a project in obsession. Beginning with O Olga Broumas. It hangs richarx the air like that, spinning in the air like that. Then the poem jumps skken various locations: But I was wrong, I don’t know why was siien hype about.

Here I am leaving you clues. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. It could have been so beautiful—you scout out the road ahead and I will watch your back, how it was and how it will be, memory and fantasy— but each Jeff wants to be the other one.

And we know where those circles are going to take siiken. Sorry, that person’s shelf is private. Danielle told me to read that poem and then go home and buy the book.


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He pairs image and notion with time and yearning. I remember how I felt, seeing both on the shelf. I couldn’t get the boy to kill me, but I wore his jacket for cruzh longest time. And here is your cat, who keeps eating grass and vomiting in the hall- way. Hold onto your breath.

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Siken spent fifteen years writing Crush, influenced by the death of his boyfriend. No trivia or quizzes yet. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. His world might be a dark one, but his writing shimmers. That’s the easiest way to put it. Here you crueh in the straw house, feeding ice to the dog, and you wanted an adventure, so I said Have an adventure.

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I want to tell you this story without having to be in it: Feb 20, C rated it it was ok Shelves: Rivhard you take him instead. Is he singing to you?