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Learn to Love Explosives (Paperback) (Geoffrey Woolf)

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Poetry. "If you were to listen to a middle-aged Holden Caulfield, you might hear a voice like the one in Geoff Woolf's gut-punchingly funny and irreverently honest poems. Like Salinger's young protagonist, the speaker in these prose poems has no patience for phony Americans, such as a mountain climber being interviewed on TV: "the way he kept saying the names of these companies that make his equipment I bet they pay him to blab like that." Later in the same poem, the speaker admits that he, too, might be bought for the right price: "even though I'm pretty much a coward I have a feeling that there's this certain amount of dollars that would make me brave as ****** too." The chatty vernacular—spare of unnecessary punctuation—echoes an American idiom as familiar as the Midwestern landscape where these poems dwell. Here, you might enter a tavern where God occasionally hangs out to stuff quarters in a jukebox or to play a divinely rigged game of pool, strong-arming patrons with bullish omnipotence. As these poems lead you to uncanny places, remember what the speaker says: "Sometimes when a mime is making me uncomfortable and claustrophobic I have to remind myself that it was his choice to get in that imaginary box in the first place." Don't get me wrong. These poems aren't like a mime's make-believe box, but their uncanny nature challenges you to question your certainties. Woolf wields a fierce and genuine wit against flim-flam hopes, and his poems bring laughter and discomfort in equal measure."—Murray Shugars
Number of Pages: 50
Genre: Poetry
Sub-Genre: American / General
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Small Pr Distribution
Author: Geoffrey Woolf
Language: English
Street Date: January 10, 2016
TCIN: 51054447
UPC: 9781939929488
Item Number (DPCI): 248-15-1192
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