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The long-awaited second full-length collection from one of our most exciting poets. Imagine if you will a pageant on a hill and picture if you can a boy designed to be impaled upon a stilt and bleed for a panelist's joy Jeff Clark's first collection, The Little Door Slides Back, was hailed as an unclassifiable classic in underground American writing: "A shadow world, seen by a The long-awaited second full-length collection from one of our most exciting poets. Imagine if you will a pageant on a hill and picture if you can a boy designed to be impaled upon a stilt and bleed for a panelist's joy Jeff Clark's first collection, The Little Door Slides Back, was hailed as an unclassifiable classic in underground American writing: "A shadow world, seen by a visionary" (Rain Taxi); "a 120-page spell" (American Letters & Commentary); "a happy sadomasochism, a luxuriance of prurience" (Boston Review); "devoted to the idea of possibility in the poet who operates as free agent, looking to the weather not for the springs of dailiness but for some message from the aether" (Arras); "thick, purring music" (Rhizome). In Music and Suicide, his second collection, Clark moves away from the sinisterism and mask-ridden black humor of his debut, into a present mazy with freed shadow, somatic magic, and post-suffocatory seeing.


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The long-awaited second full-length collection from one of our most exciting poets. Imagine if you will a pageant on a hill and picture if you can a boy designed to be impaled upon a stilt and bleed for a panelist's joy Jeff Clark's first collection, The Little Door Slides Back, was hailed as an unclassifiable classic in underground American writing: "A shadow world, seen by a The long-awaited second full-length collection from one of our most exciting poets. Imagine if you will a pageant on a hill and picture if you can a boy designed to be impaled upon a stilt and bleed for a panelist's joy Jeff Clark's first collection, The Little Door Slides Back, was hailed as an unclassifiable classic in underground American writing: "A shadow world, seen by a visionary" (Rain Taxi); "a 120-page spell" (American Letters & Commentary); "a happy sadomasochism, a luxuriance of prurience" (Boston Review); "devoted to the idea of possibility in the poet who operates as free agent, looking to the weather not for the springs of dailiness but for some message from the aether" (Arras); "thick, purring music" (Rhizome). In Music and Suicide, his second collection, Clark moves away from the sinisterism and mask-ridden black humor of his debut, into a present mazy with freed shadow, somatic magic, and post-suffocatory seeing.

30 review for Music and Suicide: Poems

  1. 4 out of 5

    Layla

    Awful. Awful. But I hear his first book, The Little Door Slides Back, is much better. And he does some might fine book designs.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    More like 4.5 stars, but there is no half star option...a worthy collection of well-crafted pieces that are rhythmic and melodic. Terrific prose-poems, esp. Shiva-Hive, Clark's lyric essay, which is so wise and manic it deserves to be anthologized indefinitely. Excellent line from the poem Dilator: What I was lacking you brought back/I was building a clean, strong structure/and it cracked. One or two pieces pale next to the bravado and slap of the others, but they are few and far between (and eve More like 4.5 stars, but there is no half star option...a worthy collection of well-crafted pieces that are rhythmic and melodic. Terrific prose-poems, esp. Shiva-Hive, Clark's lyric essay, which is so wise and manic it deserves to be anthologized indefinitely. Excellent line from the poem Dilator: What I was lacking you brought back/I was building a clean, strong structure/and it cracked. One or two pieces pale next to the bravado and slap of the others, but they are few and far between (and even when extracted and read out of context they're still solid, just not fantastic). Not crazy about the title. Otherwise, outstanding read.

  3. 5 out of 5

    C

    Not a fan of this collection at all. The only thing that kept it from getting one star is that I did like two of the poems in the first section of the book. Otherwise, I felt like I just didn't "get it" through many of the pieces and others just felt like a word jumble with no real point. To be fair, it is not the style of poetry that I typically like... Not a fan of this collection at all. The only thing that kept it from getting one star is that I did like two of the poems in the first section of the book. Otherwise, I felt like I just didn't "get it" through many of the pieces and others just felt like a word jumble with no real point. To be fair, it is not the style of poetry that I typically like...

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    Patty Paine

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    Aaron

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    John Allen

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    W.B.

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    Camille Santana Considine

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    mark mendoza

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    Leilani

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    David Anthony Sam

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    Chris Besinger

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    Jayne Dough

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    Matthew Hittinger

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    Nicole

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    Oliver J. Dawson

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    Mike Benoit

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    Allyssa

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    Paul Killebrew

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