Saturday, April 12, 2014

An Object of Beauty and Mystery (Book Review)

Published: March 2013
No Object - Natalie Shapero A

In the poem, "Lean Time," Shapero writes: "Outcasts only care what outcasts think." After I read that line I knew I had fallen for Shapero's twisted enlightenment. No Object is smart, witty, challenging, and accessible. Yesterday, I was reading the book in a coffee shop and caught myself saying out loud to myself, "Oh my god, this is brilliant!" These poems are slightly odd, slightly menacing, and full of questions. My favorites include: "Stars," "Bad Key," "Lean Time," "News to Me," "Little Winter," "Our War," "Arranged Hours," "No Please After You," "Hot (Normal)," and "Close Space."

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