By Janet Foxman

Although Disposable Camera is Janet Foxman’s first book-length assortment, one wouldn't understand it given the wry sophistication of the poems stumbled on inside. The thought of the disposable digicam permeates the total publication, the place Foxman considers the instabilities in even our private attachments. right here gulfs extend, for example, among twins, among the musician and his device, among the recluse and his inconsolable solitude. no matter if a hermit; a dual; a filmgoer totally interested in Triumph of the Will; or Masaccio, simply after he’s painted the Expulsion—the poems’ audio system percentage a nagging nervousness that delight won't exist outdoors the trouble to visualize it, and that efforts at artwork and making, although obligatory to their executor, are most likely regrettable from the beginning. A officially artistic and bold e-book, and person who monitors a sophistication way past the poet’s years, Disposable digital camera will be a invaluable addition to American poetry.

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Obtained the autograph of a famous person. Had a quarrel with your twin. Confused people by pretending to be your twin. Ate candy. Cut your own hair. 14 The days I am happy people tell me I look like you. 15 Paradise & The Ascension. The Annunciation & The Presentation. The Child & The Crucifixion— Time across a diptych. The Flagellation (that prancing around the pole with whips like articulate eels, the painter’s relish in the folds of those auburn silks)— 30 Mouths: In Their Own Words Gum Chewer Xyllilphl phfllul phchlylhiul hubba bubba.

Even the spiders are better here. Yesterday two of them divided above the pantry door and crawled along the ceiling away from each other, until they joined their matching arcs above the stove. Such endearing little things, and generous to let themselves be crushed elsewhere than the freshly painted walls. 2 In the city where I was a girl, new sunken gardens. New glass buildings with penthouses. Chocolatiers instead of candy shops. When did the sister cities gift the granite dragons? The mammoth bronzes for which these new pagodas?

No longer do they look capable of kicking up cumbrous puffy skirts. 34 Last Act: The Creation A man in a cloth diaper crosses the stage to tell the setting. Out again comes the famous mime. All that illegible gesticulating— what is he, God? No. Only a man in a white unitard waving his hands through puffs of dry ice—a dead art. 35 Three Rex Three times a day the woman next door is pulled across our living room window by her dog, whose life is tripartite: Piss against a bush. Crap between tall grass.

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