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  • By rdrdr90
    Dec 23, 2009
    How do you rate Koetting? Rating in of itself might be something the poet might personally disdain no matter the amount of praise....He does not write for the world's approval or praise. He writes becasue he IS a writer. He writes becasue his view of the world is uniquely his own, uniquely poignant, and all too scarce in this world of electronic facades. Pain, passion, love, and peace are themes that run through this work. The progression of the poet's state of mind is easily tracked through the self reported chronology of each poem. No matter the state of mind, the writing is the point, open, and honest. Read this work the same way, and you will not be disappointed.
  • By bradley koetting
    Nov 17, 2009
    Koetting is an atavism. A thing – like the working cowboy, Nature, God or sex – which persists, though someone somewhere is always sounding its death knell. A poet, writing not to please a writing workshop or an inner circle or his own ego, but from a bald need to communicate experience. Communicating it bluntly, honestly. And like all work of that kind, the poetry is a yardstick for the reader's own sloth and torpor, for our compromise with expectations, demands, conventions that might ultimately be foreign to us, and not in the service of our fullest life. Koetting has been considered an “outlaw poet.” “Outlaw” is a good term to use, echoing the name given to a group of musicians whose distinctively Texan sensibility he shares. Koetting’s poetry comes at an extreme, a place of both disgust and awe, harshness and hilarity, rapture and the surging tide of melancholy. At the edge, there's always the possibility of falling off, a “lacunal fall,” to use one of the poet's phrases. But... More > that fall, that abyss has something in common with the dark “cloud of unknowing,” described in the 14th century Christian mystical text of the same name. Having the courage to venture out beyond safety and into confusion, to live in that unknowing, what seemed to be a cloud is found to be full of light; the darkness shines. - Andrew Stuart< Less
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First Edition
Single Malt Press
November 21, 2009
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.49 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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