Medicine #2020

Medicine Amy Gerstler Medicine Amy Gerstler has won acclaim for complex yet accessible poetry that is by turns extravagant subversive surreal and playful In her new collection Medicine she deploys a variety of dramatic voices

  • Title: Medicine
  • Author: Amy Gerstler
  • ISBN: 9780140589245
  • Page: 378
  • Format: Paperback
  • Medicine Amy Gerstler Amy Gerstler has won acclaim for complex yet accessible poetry that is by turns extravagant, subversive, surreal, and playful In her new collection, Medicine, she deploys a variety of dramatic voices, spoken by such disparate characters as Cinderella s wicked sisters, the wife of a nineteenth century naturalist, a homicide detective, and a woman who is happily married toAmy Gerstler has won acclaim for complex yet accessible poetry that is by turns extravagant, subversive, surreal, and playful In her new collection, Medicine, she deploys a variety of dramatic voices, spoken by such disparate characters as Cinderella s wicked sisters, the wife of a nineteenth century naturalist, a homicide detective, and a woman who is happily married to a bear Their elusive collectivity suggests, but never quite defines, the floating authorial presence that haunts them Gerstler s abiding interests in love and mourning, in science and pseudo science, in the idea of an afterlife are strongly evident in these new poems, which are full of strong emotion, language play, surprising twists, and a wicked sense of black humor.
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    1. If you have not read any of Amy Gerstler s work you are missing out She is in my top 5 poets Here is a couple of lines from this collection Medicine Limbs and torso distract from the face, which I need to keep in plain sight I d hope to honor your body as a whole, but it keeps coming apart and rushing at me Lovesickness a radio play I ve drunk the birdbath water and licked a leather bible cooked in oil I ve crushed hogs teeth into tea I ve rinsed my hair in a tin basin a genius has spat in This [...]

    2. Gerstler s poems in Medicine are a wonderful balance of playful, unique, meditative, and honest The poems in this collection inspire for imitation and writing exercises with their tendency toward ode and persona, their ability to remind the reader how much fun writing can be, and by inviting us in.

    3. Liked it Not entirely my cup of tea, but there was art here Less poems as a whole worked for me here than in some other poetry I ve read, but there were great lines and sentences than you can shake a stick at.

    4. I love the opening poem, Prayer for Jackson , and I also love the poem, Bear Boy of Lithuania The second half of the book is a strange drama of sorts that I don t care for.

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