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  • By afieled
    May 11, 2014
    Jeffrey Side on When You Bit... (Jacket 37): As with Fieled’s other published works the poems in this volume are welcomingly elliptical and multi-resonant, such that trying to force a particular critical exegesis for each poem would be unhelpful to those readers who prefer poetry to “speak” to them rather than for it to tell them things. Such readers are often stifled by such a critical methodology rather than one that enables an interactive approach, whereby reader and text can find equilibrium between personal significance and authorial “intent”. Therefore, I will only endeavor in this review to look at those parts of the poems that achieve this ideal for me personally. To speak of the appreciation of poetry in other than personal terms is to stifle the poetic impulse of both reader and poet. The collection is further enriched by novel turns of phrase, interesting word combinations, varied imagery and linguistic inventiveness such as the following: ^ ‘Where mouth’s leak rose’... More > (‘Hooded Eyes’, p.70) ‘I’m ready not for bed, but for being sheeted’ (‘Sheet Covered’, p.69) ‘I sharpen my teeth on pictures of you’ (‘I’m Down’, p.66) ‘Don’t do anything, but open yourself as a door’ (‘Love Poem’, p.65) ‘Window-pane lizards’ (‘A Web, A World Wide’, p.8) ‘I show off rope-length for your amusement’ (‘A Web, A World Wide’, p.8) I highly recommend this collection to the poetry reading public and also to those who don’t read poetry, as to read this will show them what poetry can be.< Less
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July 31, 2008
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.35 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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