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[[ Read Epub ]] ó This Connection of Everyone with Lungs: Poems (New California Poetry) ⚸ Part Planetary Love Poem, Part News Flash, The Hypnotic Poems Of This Connection Of Everyone With Lungs Wrap With Equal, Angular Grace Around Lovers And Battleships These Poems Hear The Tracer Fire In A Bird S Song And Capture Cell Division And Troop Deployments In The Same Expansive Thought They Move Through Concentric Levels Of Association And Embrace From The Space Between The Hands To The Mesosphere And Back Again Touching Everything In Between The Book S Focus Shifts Between Local And Global, Public And Private, Individual And Social Everything Gets In Through All Five Senses, Through Windows, Between Your Sheets, Under Your Skin The news refreshes every few minutes on the computer screen and on the television screen The stories move from front to back and then off the page and then perhaps forward again in a motion that I can t predict but I suspect is not telling the necessary truths.I can t predict our time together either Or why we like each other like we do.I have no idea when our bodies will feel very good to one of us or to all of us together or to none of us.The drive to press against one another that is there at moments and then gone at others.The drive to press up against others in the same way Read this in one hour on my laptop collecting screenshots of every passage 26 that left me in awe of Spahr s incomparable writing I truly have never read anything like this The way she captivates this great feeling of powerlessness which is a result from over our head, overwhelming political events, and ties it in with her personal life, oftentimes revolving around anger and guilt, in a very sec yet sensitive manner is beyond amazing This is a book for everyone who feels either numb, hopeless or in despair or all three of them at the same time due to the current global situation Whether it s in 2003, 2017 or I m guessing so in 2030 Something I, personally, was very much in need and search of Thrilled to read of Spahr s work.4,5 stars Juliana Spahr, This Connection of Everyone with Lungs University of California Press, 2005 There are a handful of books I defenestrate each year Since June of 2007, thirty six books have been forcefully ejected from the window in total Usually they re either awfully written fiction or dry, ponderous, textbook like nonfiction It is very, very rare that I do it with poetry The exception are those hideous verse novel s that are taking hold of kidlit these days, not a single one of which I ve tried to read has even a passing knowledge of poetry But every once in a while I come across a book of poetry so outright horrendous that I simply can t bring myself to read one word of it, no matter how little I have left And to narrow this field further, in almost every case I have sent such books flying, they ve been self or vanity published collections larger than any single author collection you ve seen outside Bukowski or a Collected Poems from someone very famous In all my years of reading, I have defenestrated only two major label poetry collections Jill Scott s book went out the window in 2006 This morning, it was joined by Juliana Spahr s This Connection of Everyone with Lungs.I ve read Spahr before, and wasn t quite sure what to make of her back then This book erases all of my doubts she is far interested in getting a message across a message, no less, you ve heard hundreds of times before, with nothing new added to the mix than she is with crafting poetry If you ve read my reviews for any length of time, you ll know where I stand on that issue To Spahr s minuscule credit here, she doesn t really attempt to make this even look like poetry, which makes me wonder why California released it as such instead of, say, a micro book of political ranting which is exactly what this is You want an example Here you go I speak of toxic fumes given off by plastic flooring in a burning nightclub in Caracas.I speak of the forty seven dead in Caracas.And I speak of the four dead in Palestine.And of the three dead in Israel.I speak of those dead in other parts of the world who go unreported December 1, 2002 There s not even an attempt at rhythm to be had there No attempt to elevate language No form Nothing but a list And while I only managed to choke down forty one pages of this mess, I can t imagine the remaining thirty five were all that different A shoo in for my worst reads of the year list in 2010 zero When I read this book I thought, poetry matters It is a long poem written just after 9 11, which takes on the tragedy and politics surrounding that event with a lyrical elegance and an experimental sense of language that work simultaneously to capture our closeness our collective consciousness and the sense of distance we feel from media and overwhelming world events I am looking forward to reading of Spahr who seems to know just how to blend the accessible with the edgy to achieve a poetry that is both contemporary and human. I was a bit dubious about this book when I started out Partly because of some of the bad reviews here, partly because, flipping through the pages, I kept stumbling on lines that didn t seem very good on their own But the book as a whole blew me away It s incredibly brave in the way it takes up enormous, very contemporary but also very ancient, issues, and tries to deal with them immediately and directly So the five star rating is due a little bit to what the book is trying to do, its aspiration to speak about something real, primarily war, and something that s very very hard to write about But it s also due to the book itself Again, reading the whole thing, as opposed to individual lines, was mesmerizing and moving to me I felt drawn in by the speaker s voice and honesty and courage and her effort to see and feel the connection between our individual and intimate and often safe lives, and what s happening to other people and other cultures, often far off ones The book made me realize, too, how often contemporary poetry disappoints me though there s a lot of it I love and find necessary, too because it doesn t seem to do what this book does, i.e speak about real things in a real voice So hooray, Juliana Spahr I m excited to read of your work.