By Richard Siken
Richard Siken’s weigh down, chosen because the 2004 winner of the Yale more youthful Poets prize, is a robust selection of poems pushed by means of obsession. Siken writes with ferocity, and his reader hurtles unstoppably with him. His poetry is confessional, homosexual, savage, and charged with violent eroticism.In her creation to the booklet, festival pass judgement on Louise Gl?ck hails the “cumulative, using, apocalyptic strength, [and] purgatorial recklessness” of Siken’s poems. She notes, “Books of this sort dream sizeable. . . . They repair to poetry that experience of an important second and the most important utterance that may certainly be the nice genius of the form.”
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It’s a potluck, I’m making pork chops, I’m making those long noodles you love so much. My dragonfly, my black-eyed fire, the knives in the kitchen are singing for blood, but we are the crossroads, my little outlaw, and this is the map of my heart, the landscape after cruelty which is, of course, a garden, which is a tenderness, which is a room, a lover saying Hold me tight, it’s getting cold. We have not touched the stars, nor are we forgiven, which brings us back to the hero’s shoulders and the gentleness that comes, not from the absence of violence, but despite the abundance of it.
Snow and dirty rain? Light brought in in buckets? I was trying to describe the kingdom, but the letters kept smudging as I wrote them: the hunter’s heart, the hunter’s mouth, the trees and the trees and the space between the trees, swimming in gold. The words frozen. The creatures frozen. The plum sauce leaking out of the bag. Explaining will get us nowhere. I was away, I don’t know where, lying on the floor, pretending I was dead. I wanted to hurt you but the victory is that I could not stomach it.
One thing. Come closer. Listen . . 24 You're in a car with a beautiful boy, and he won't tell you that he loves you, but he loves you. And you feel like you've done something terrible, like robbed a liquor store, or swallowed pills, or shoveled yourself a grave in the dirt, and you're tired. You're in a car with a beautiful boy, and you're trying not to tell him that you love him, and you're trying to choke down the feeling, and you're trembling, but he reaches over and he touches you, like a prayer for which no words exist, and you feel your heart taking root in your body, like you've discovered something you don't even have a name for.
Crush (Yale Series of Younger Poets) by Richard Siken