Category: Reviews

“GRAB ANY PUSSY”

Out of the masculine guitar-as-erection sound of rock hard hard rock there emerged two women whose voices are iconic: the cool purety of Grace Slick that soared on the updrafts generated by all that electricity to sing a drug-enhanced surreality and the hot distorted whiskey voice of Janis Joplin that, when she sang the blues of blighted love, wailed for a generation. I know I’m pushing it here, but in the music of Amy King’s voice I hear an heir to those two women.

Art by Maeve Ethridge

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“This, of course, comes as no surprise to those familiar with King’s work. It is uninterested in evenness and regularity. It is adroit and sharp and scream-y (often in literal caps) and rampaging. You don’t disgorge a poem entitled “PUSSY PUSSY SOCHI QUEER PUSSY PUTIN SOCHI QUEER QUEER PUSSY” because you are trying to lull…

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Review @ Jacket Magazine

The gestural lyric and beyond A review of Amy King’s “I Want to Make You Safe” BARRY SCHWABSKY EXCERPT: At a time when the lyric is widely denigrated and often practiced in a defensive mode if at all, her insouciant confidence that it will serve any end is heartening. CONTINUED @ JACKET2

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I Said Some Things…

• American Poet feature. Summer 2012, Issue 42. • Lissa Kiernan for The Rooster Moans review. June 30, 2012. • j/j hastain for The Lit Pub review. May 18, 2012. • Michael Flatt for the Center for Literary Publishing review. May 9, 2012. • Lightsey Darst for Bookslut review. May 2012. • Carol Dorf for The Mom Egg review. April 27, 2012. • The Poetry Foundation feature. April 10, 2012. • Alan Gilbert…

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“What is safe?”

Words and Music by Metta Sáma EXCERPTS: “King’s book is not quiet; hers is an aesthetics of sound fractured, fragmented, compounded, mixed, remixed, sampled, jointed, yes, even anointed. (Check out the cover of this book, it’s sparseness of image, this blaringly red background, these glaringly gray figures, mouths open. Caught mid-pounce (whose in danger? (you…

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I Want to Make You Safe

CLICK: *  Support Small Press Distribution * Litmus Press *  The French Exit on “The Strange Power of Lying to Yourself“   “Rarely have the nude and the cooked been so neatly joined” as in Amy King’s I Want to Make You Safe. If “us,” “herons,” and “dust” rhyme,  then these poems rhyme. If that…

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So This Review Slithers In…

We Rise In the Bulbs of Night Organized into five “acts,” Slaves to Do These Things is, ostensibly, theatrical in terms of its development—though the dramatic action isn’t always quite clear. That’s alright. Mystery plays are rare at present. You might say that God is in her details—not that that means what you think it means.…

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LANGUAGE ARM OF BEHAVIOR

NEW REVIEW OF SLAVES TO DO THESE THINGS @ WET ASPHALT — …while ultimately what I think King is concerned with here is the nature of becoming by moving against time as a sort of point of resistance, what she is not interested in is sustaining such artificial constructs as the Master Slave dialectic itself,…

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THE UGLY AMERICANS

NEW REVIEW OF SLAVES TO DO THESE THINGS by Bobbi Lurie @ Jacket Magazine” Amy King’s poems are dense and energetically written. They are often fragmented collages of narratives which are in no way narratives in the usual sense. They express a great deal of movement of the mind, written with a strong imagination and…

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Currency

New poems in June’s Poets and Artists — Pages 73 – 77 are killer. ~ Erika Moya reviews Slaves to Do These Things at Galatea. ~ SPD love. ~

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National Poetry Month

Gently Read Literature 2nd Year Anniversary When Will We Stop Swimming?  Nathan Logan on Amy King’s Slaves To Do These Things In the Beginning: Dennis Etzel Jr. on Mathias Svalina’s Destruction Myth You’ve Been Warned: Jen Michalski on American Soma by Savannah Schroll Guz Lost Inside Maryam: Marcia Lynx Qualey on Mansoura Ez Eldin’s Maryam’s…

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A Map Through the Mines of My Book

By Lissa Kiernan @ Arsenic Lobster [two excerpts]: The book’s 60 poems, in savant-like methodical brilliance, are arranged in alpha-order and prefaced by a quote from Virginia Woolf’s cross-dressing, sex-changing Orlando: “Everything, in fact, was something else.” This frames things perfectly, for to exist in King’s world for the duration of this book is to…

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As It Turns Out …

1. I’ve got a new face: www.amyking.org — but this is still the blog! 2. I kind of like these early rough poems in this Blazevox eBook, WE ARE ALL AROUND US. We Are All Around Us File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat – View as HTML Amy King. “We Cannot Know the Past”,“The Architecture of. Science”…

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world effect

A new episode of Rabbit Light Movies. A new chapbook from Sam Starkweather. Poetry is there, but why do we constantly feel the need to prove it exists? To point to it? Like a mountain appearing in the distance. ‘Be an uncarved block of wood’ is what the Sarah Lawrence kids, who hadn’t slept in…

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Movies With Poetry

Dear Poets, I’m looking for a few good films that offer up poetic content, to put it vaguely, or a representation of a poet that doesn’t completely romanticize the poet, disintegrating the person in the process… films with a poetry angle, please! Thanks, Amy ~~~ Gysin’s “The Cut-ups” of course trumps Cronenberg’s take of “Naked…

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¡POETRY!

I have just updated the GOODREADS ¡POETRY! Group with some new folders that include: INTRODUCTIONS ~~~ MY BOOK / POEM IS PUBLISHED! ~~~ ADVICE – QUESTION FOR YA! ~~~ I APPRECIATE POETRY CRITIQUE ~~~ YOU’VE GOTTA READ THIS POEM! ~~~ CALLS FOR WORK – SUBMIT! ~~~ POETRY WRITING SUGGESTIONS ~~~ PLEASE HELP ~~~ RECOMMENDED BOOKS…

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Aufgabe # 7 | Table of Contents

Aufgabe # 7 Summer 2008 Paperback, 288 pages ISSN: 1532-5539 ISbN: 978-1-933959-05-4 $12.00 Editors’ Note: Undoing Numbers Paul Foster Johnson, Julian T. Brolaski & E. Tracy Grinnell Feature guest edited by Jennifer Scappettone, with translations from the Italian by Patrick Barron, Carla Billitteri, Gherardo Bortolotti, Chiara Daino, Kathleen Fraser, Marco Giovenale, Stefania Heim, Peter Pihos,…

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Jacket Is All New

Announcing Jacket 35 — Early 2008 Editor: John Tranter – Associate Editor: Pam Brown ======================================== and don’t forget to check out Jacket’s new RSS feed — here. Fresh news items, updated as the whim takes us ======================================== “There are only 10 kinds of computer programmers: those who know binary and those who don’t.” ======================= Feature:…

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