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Women as Tender

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Humphrey Astley is founder and editor of rainoverbouville.co.uk, now in its fourth year. He was born in Oxford, England in 1982. “Breathing is an unthinking reflex, until you draw a breath and find you can’t. Human contact can induce a similar sensation of having thought hijacked by primal reactions that can bring a moment to its clearest point. This is Humphrey Astley’s poetry.” http://blackheartmagazine.com/index2.php?p=story&id=186 “The verbal content is phenomenally well-handled. People say that they hone poems a long time; generally speaking one wonders why. Humphrey however does the same thing and does it to good purpose. His works do what other poems purport to do.” http://mourningabortion.blogspot.com/
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  • By Laura Roberts
    Oct 15, 2009
    "Review from Black Heart Magazine" As reviewed by our writer, James Sinclair, online at blackheartmagazine.com: Breathing is an unthinking reflex, until you draw a breath and find you can’t. Human contact can induce a similar sensation of having thought hijacked by primal reactions that can bring a moment to its clearest point. This is Humphrey Astley’s poetry. Astley mostly uses women as pivot points for male reflection on types of human interactions in his book, Women As Tender. These “women as tender” help buy or sell, or sometimes simply rattle like loose change in car seats, experiences that help render these connections. Despite this, he rarely uses crass emotional manipulations where someone might say “I love you” as s/he fucks you in all ways. He deals in a finer manipulation. In “Zeugma (Such an Amazing)”, Astley unwinds a lovely afternoon between comfortable lovers; as the woman prepares for the stroll she clears her throat of cocaine. His use of smudging... More > disturbing and juxtaposed imagery is delicate in execution, and wonderfully wrought. When he does use crasser language (“retard bitch” and “dick”), which is a perfectly fine way to describe such things, it has less impact. This is not because dick or cock or fuck are poorer substitutes or don’t evoke feeling, but it is because Astley can make you feel those words without actually using them. But then he defies that by proving that the delight of (crass) language is relative, “Who are the happy, and what the fuck is their problem?” It is an excellent question to ask with a well placed fuck. This collection is one to visit again. I would never deface a book by ripping out a page (and those who do: stop it!), but if I were to sin, I’d rip out “Possession” to fold and read for later, occasionally fingering it in my pocket.< Less
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Product Details

Edition
First Edition
Publisher
Rain Over Bouville
Published
October 1, 2011
Language
English
Pages
41
File Format
PDF
File Size
141.11 KB
Product ID
17557161

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