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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The latest collection from poet, short-story writer and art critic Yau is heavily weighted to prose poems dense with description and extensive linguistic flexing. Trading narrative line for phantasmagoria, the prose poems fail when Yau's ideas are buried under ostentatious phrases, stretched usage and layered images. Only occasionally are we given a grounding, reassuring glimpse of the speaker: "Didn't I used to/ look in the mirror each morning?" While one of Yau's strengths is his humor ("For the first time the woman notices him and says: You little punctured zygote"), lightness of touch is lost in compressed, overpacked paragraphs and an eclectic swirl of image and association in the prose poems. Best here are the verse poems, syntactically spare and livened by verbal puns, including one in which he plays Scrabble with the words "Mona Lisa": "Maison Al/ Oils Amna/ No Salami/ Ails Noma." The deceptively breezy stanzas of the Gengis Chan series evoke stories through assonance and slant rhymes: "Makes fist/ first steps." Reflecting Yau's structural range from couplets to dense paragraphs, the poems vary in tone from playful enigma to seemingly idle blathering. (Dec.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574230161
  • Publisher: Godine, David R. Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 5.91 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Table of Contents

Variations on a Sentence by Laura (Riding) Jackson 13
The Sculptor Whispers in the Sleeping Poet's Ear 15
Self-Portrait with Bruno Taut 17
Conversation at Midnight 20
Hospital Parking Lot Rendezvous 22
Hoboken Palace Gardens 24
Two Aztecs from New Jersey 26
The Executioner Meets Mister Ball and Chain 28
Castor and Pollux 30
The Newly Renovated Opera House on Gilligan's Island 32
Fifty for Richard Nonas 36
One More Excuse 38
Buffalo and Marshmallows 42
Self-Portrait with Unidentified Painting 44
Picadilly or Paradise 50
The Star-Crossed Duct of Miss Burakumin and Mister Hollywood 52
Bar Orient 54
Nasty Orders Pacify Queen 58
So Much Has Already Happened 59
Epic Bone Hinge 61
Blue Lizard Lounge 63
After a Painting by Jasper Johns 65
Whispers Inside the Garage 67
M Is for Mouse and Medicine 71
Peter Lorre Improvises Mr. Moto's Monologue 77
Peter Lorre Dreams He Is the Third Reincarnation of a Geisha 80
Peter Lorre Confesses His Desire To Be a Poet 83
Peter Lorre Wonders Which Artist Should Paint His Portrait 86
Peter Lorre Prepares for His Final Soliloquy 89
Genghis Chan: Private Eye XXI 92
Genghis Chan: Private Eye XXII 94
Genghis Chan: Private Eye XXIII 96
Genghis Chan: Private Eye XXIV 102
Genghis Chan: Private Eye XXV 103
Genghis Chan: Private Eye XXVI 104
Genghis Chan: Private Eye XXVII 105
Genghis Chan: Private Eye XXVIII 106
Mon Alias, Mona Lisa 109
Angel Atrapado XIX 115
Angel Atrapado XX 118
Angel Atrapado XXI 121
Angel Atrapado XXII (The Elements) 124
Angel Atrapado XXIII 127
Angel Atrapado XXIV 130
Angel Atrapado XXV 133
Angel Atrapado XXVI (Dear Rilke) 136
Forbidden Entries I 141
Forbidden Entries II 144
Forbidden Entries III 149
Forbidden Entries IV 151
Forbidden Entries V 156
Forbidden Entries VI 159
Forbidden Entries VII 162
In Between and Around 167
Dream Hospital I 175
Dream Hospital II 178
Dream Hospital III 182
Dream Hospital IV 184
Dream Hospital V 186
Dream Hospital VI 188
Double Agent I 193
Double Agent II 196
Double Agent III 198
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