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Richard Siken's Crush is a powerful new collection of poems driven by panic and obsession.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Not every poet launches his career by winning the Yale Series of Younger Poets award, and not every Yale Younger Poet makes the impression Siken has made (he got a National Book Critics Circle nomination, for instance). Vital, immediate, and cinematic in scope, his verse offers sharply observed vignettes of longing, love, and pain: "Tell me about the dream where we pull the bodies out of the lake/ and dress them in warm clothes again./ How it was late, and no one could sleep, the horses running/ Until they forget that they are horses." (LJ 6/1/05) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
The Huffington Post - Victoria Chang
“Siken writes about love, desire, violence, and eroticism with a cinematic brilliance and urgency that makes this one of the best books of contemporary poetry.”—Victoria Chang, The Huffington Post
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300107890
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 3/11/2005
  • Series: Yale Series of Younger Poets
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 32,830
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 7.54 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Siken lives in Tucson, Arizona. He is cofounder and editor of the literary magazine spork.

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Visible World

Sunlight pouring across your skin, your shadow
flat on the wall.
The dawn was breaking the bones of your heart like twigs.
You had not expected this,
the bedroom gone white, the astronomical light
pummeling you in a stream of fists.
You raised your hand to your face as if
to hide it, the pink fingers gone gold as the light
streams straight to the bone,
as if you were the small room closed in glass
with every speck of dust illuminated.
The light is no mystery,
the mystery is that there is something to keep the light
from passing through

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Table of Contents

Scheherazade 3
Dirty valentine 4
Little beast 5
Seaside improvisation 8
The torn-up road 9
Litany in which certain things are crossed out 11
Visible world 19
Boot theory 20
A primer for the small weird loves 22
Unfinished duet 26
I had a dream about you 28
Straw house, straw dog 31
Saying your names 33
Planet of love 39
Wishbone 40
Driving, not washing 42
Road music 44
The dislocated room 46
You are Jeff 50
Meanwhile 59
Snow and dirty rain 60
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2013

    Recommend it to everybody

    I can reread and reread this book over and over again. I quote it all the time. It's kind of dark and twisted but that is how life is. So yeah.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2012

    This is one of the best books I have ever read. Siken writes wit

    This is one of the best books I have ever read. Siken writes with a
    touch of eloquence that's hard to find these days in poets. Every poem
    is amazing and each lines delivers a message. Beautiful writing and I
    recommend it to all: "You're in a car with a beautiful boy, and
    you're trying to tell him that you love him, and you're trying to choke
    down the feeling, and you're trembling, but he reaches over and he
    touches you, like a prayer for which no words exist, and you feel your
    heart taking root in your body, like you've discovered something you
    don't even have a name for." - You Are Jeff

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  • Posted January 12, 2009

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    A secret thrill!

    This book is so rich in evil love. Richard Siken is like a way better Stephanie Meyer without the fangs but with blood and soul. It's like reading for the first time. I can't describe it. It's see seeing into someone's soul, foul and beautiful, painful and tender. I'd give this book 10 stars if I had it. I can't even imagine how he will top himself. This book is a show-stopper.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2007


    Sorry- I'm still speechless and jealous that this voice did not come from my own mind. Wow. So real - so right-the-hell now - so totally twisted yet identifiable and not at all gruesome. Did I already say wow? I am reading it slowly for the second time and it feels like I'm seeing it all for the first time. Deliscious- like a bite-into-a fleshy-dirty-sweet fruit -deliscious. I love it!!!!!!!!!! What is the limit on exclamation points - I need to exceed it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Awesome piece of art. It's like all the words you realize you should have said- all the ways you could express sarcasm and - Wowz. I'm sorry - I feel retarded after reading this - like my own words are no good anymore. Louise Gluck wrote the foreword with equal difficulty. In order to speak about the book or describe it - you become tempted to quote the entire book. The only true description of the book is the book itself.

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