Over The Anvil We Stretch

Over The Anvil We Stretch

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by Anis Mojgani
     
 

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Over The Anvil We Stretch contains swampy, powerful poems that are as exciting as the pocket knife you got for your birthday, the three legged frog on the lawn and the jar of marbles your mother kept in the kitchen. Mojgani's poems are the sound of the river and the stars burning above. He manages to capture the axe in the stump with blood still on the handle. Anis… See more details below

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Over The Anvil We Stretch contains swampy, powerful poems that are as exciting as the pocket knife you got for your birthday, the three legged frog on the lawn and the jar of marbles your mother kept in the kitchen. Mojgani's poems are the sound of the river and the stars burning above. He manages to capture the axe in the stump with blood still on the handle. Anis Mojgani has drawn a map of the country in the shape of his wild surreal poems. These are memories of a life, captured through the blue green filter of the bayou. Mojgani's latest poems are tinged with the sound of crickets spying on us in the darkness. They move forward honestly, brutally and sweetly. The reader will be led into briar patches as well as the moonlight just on the other side.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Anvil is a book of poetic truth, packed with humor and insight. It is ajuggling act of the epic and the intimate.I read it and it echoes. Shut up so I can hear more.
-David Gordon Green, filmmaker, All the Real Girls and The Pineapple Express

Anis Mojgani, Andrea Gibson, and other young poets of their talent are the future of American poetry and frankly, that fills me with joy!
--Thomas Lux, Guggenheim Fellow & recipient of the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award for his book Split Horizons

He's probably the best poetry slammer alive. The intellect, optimism and humility with which he speaks feel like proof of the relevance of "spoken word” as a genre. He processes the world in slices of beauty, frustration and sympathy...
-Willamette Week Newspaper

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780981521343
Publisher:
Write Bloody Publishing
Publication date:
08/30/2008
Pages:
120
Sales rank:
576,813
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.40(d)

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THE MANUAL

squeeze 20 grapes in your cheeks bit down spit watermelon seeds
I bet you five pieces you can't spit 'em further than me kick a can chase trains wave at strangers drive an imaginary submarine make one out of a box sleep on a floor with a blanket and a lantern draw birds live forever plant a tree write your fist on a wall run for no reason down the middle of the block laugh at something funny smile at sweetness hold your fingers around it so it doesn't fall find a dark row in a movie theater and make out with me your kisses are a game of horseshoes
I wish I were playing beneath the stars fat and wet with light high in the full black sky so big and silent it can carry us through this crazy thing dance under it listen for the sounds the fields make the tongues the trees are speaking in the love the leaves are making with the wind swallow it down this is church your teeth tiny doors

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