Broken hearts, scattered dreams, postpunk politics, and postmodern cut-up collages spiral and flow in award-winning poet Daphne Gottlieb’s latest collection of startling new works that explore survival after personal or communal disasters and the renewal that follows. Whether she’s writing about unanticipated outcomes (“After the Midway Ride Collapsed”), her mother’s passiBroken hearts, scattered dreams, postpunk politics, and postmodern cut-up collages spiral and flow in award-winning poet Daphne Gottlieb’s latest collection of startling new works that explore survival after personal or communal disasters and the renewal that follows. Whether she’s writing about unanticipated outcomes (“After the Midway Ride Collapsed”), her mother’s passing (“Somewhere, Over”), or absurd situations (“Preoccupation”), Gottlieb’s deeply personal insights into the complex areas where life and contemporary culture collide offer readers a unique, thought-provoking perspective."I Have Always Confused Desire with Apocalypse"We met over a smallearthquake. Now, my kneesshake wheneveryou come aroundand I’ve noticed your handhas a slight tremor.Daphne Gottlieb is the award-winning author of seven books including the critically acclaimed poetry collection Final Girl (Soft Skull Press) and the graphic novel Jokes and the Unconscious (Cleis Press), illustrated by Diane DiMassa. Gottlieb has performed and taught creative writing workshops throughout the United States. She received her MFA from Mills College, and currently resides in San Francisco....
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15 Ways to Stay Alive Reviews
It is interesting to re-read a book and add a review! (I wrote the review below the break sixteen months ago. So much has happened in my life since then!) I definitely took more time reading the collection, this time. I have begun to look up every word in a poem I don't know. In poetry, words are used more economically than elsewhere. Each word has a very important meaning. After I read a poem, I also read it out loud to fully get it's oral impact.Which leads me to my first reflection. Daphne Gottlieb is clearly a talented writer. However, I think she wastes a lot of time on things I now view as "gimmick-y." Yes, her poems that use obscure found sources, or touch on "radical" politics are great. They really are! But I'm getting older, and I've read a lot more poetry in both veins. Form and topic are not enough for me anymore. In the introduction of this collection, it's noted that you will gain better understanding when reading the footnotes of these poems. They are hyper-conceptual and intelligent, so you need to read these sections to fully understand.And I definitely love this type of conceptual writing, so that's not an issue. But I feel like Gottlieb relies too heavily on this. If she's mastered sound, she doesn't show it: I found, at most, a few slant rhymes. (Not that rhyming is required, but it's one literary tool in this vein.) Reading her poetry out loud tended to be a drag.Some of the "simple free verse" I mentioned as being good in my last review was a little too simple without those great poetry sounds. Most of the found poetry remains good, however. I am always amazed at how Gottlieb pulls together disparate sources, and finds a way to tie them together. (If I met her, I would love to ask how she does this!) Her prose poems still move me. I think she is best at writing broken-heart poems: "fuck you" is amazing. However, I find some of them melodramatic. I guess I am getting older and less dramatic/romanticized in many ways. Who would have thought that would have ever happened!I still think the arrangement of these poems could be better. The ones before "what you eat" could easily be removed-- like many here. The poems that were composed from e-mails were particularly boring.I am not as impressed with this book as I am now. Downgrade from five stars to three!--This is another book I bought for my birthday! It took two hours to read over two days. I have read three of Gottlieb's poetry collections (and the anthology she edited, and some interviews and essays... anyway...) and this is probably my favorite. The anthology has a nice mixture of simple free-verse, found poetry, and prose poetry. Themes range from politics, death, and heartbreak-- forms and themes that are Gottlieb's specialties, it seems. The collection had a slow start, but once I reached "what you eat," I knew I was in for a treat. Sometimes Gottlieb's cultural references and experimental form can be too much for me to understand, but she simplified them (or my abilities increased, hm?) in this volume to the right amount. However, her free verse was too simple at times. There were only a few poems that truly fell short to me, and those were the ones that sampled personal e-mails.Otherwise, a great volume. That, and knowing the fact that Gottlieb is on craigslist is thrilling!
Fantastic.Everything she writes is just phenomenal. A lot of her poems touched me personally, the ones dealing with the aftermath of a relationship. Because there's no book on that, there's no realistic movie or show on how to deal with it. Her poems are just so visceral and moving. I'm also a big fan of the fact there's some found poetry in the book. Poems that came from lines in emails and such. I can't wait until she releases another book and I am on the hunt to buy every thing else she's all ready written.
if every poem in this collection were up to the standard set by the poem (title drop) "fifteen ways to stay alive", daphne gottlieb would be my favorite poet, hands down. sadly, that is not the case. there's some strong, compelling pieces in here, & she clearly has talent, but neither of these are enough to fully sustain interest.
YOOOOOoooooooooOk, maybe 4.5. Some are boring - the found verse stuff, especially the ones from emails. Some are disjointed. But when she's good she's DAMN. She makes me want to change everything about my life and also keep doing exactly what i'm doing because i'm perfect. whoa. WHOA.