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The Bigger Worldby Noelle Kocot
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"Characterized by an utter irreducibility, Noelle Kocot's poetry displays an elemental movement of thinking and suggests a poetics of vision. . .one of loss and the impossible yet necessary compensations for loss—an awfully complex yet perfectly human vision."—Jean-Paul Pecqueur, Rain Taxi
From "True Story":
Ammonia was Millie's favorite scent.
She'd sniff it for hours on end
Until she was so high that
She passed out. When she awoke,
She'd ride her dog, a giant poodle,
Horticulturally shaved, in circles
Around the kitchen. One day,
She looked down at the linoleum
And saw small animals drawn
in the crevices. "That Booty is
Despicable!" she shouted at her
Dog, who gazed off into the distance.
Booty was her ex-husband who
Ran off with a barmaid. . .
In her fifth book of poetry, critically acclaimed Noelle Kocot turns her deft poetic eye to the private lives of others, exploring the quirks, foibles, and lifelong relationships of an array of characters—real and mythological. Funny, unpredictable, and deliciously dark, these poems celebrate the manifold possibilities of love and human experience.
Noelle Kocot is the author of four previous collections of poetry, including Sunny Wednesday and Poem for the End of Time and Other Poems. She has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Academy of American Poets, the Fund for Poetry, and the American Poetry Review. She currently lives in New Jersey.
"The poems of this fifth book from Kocot (Sunny Sunday) are what she calls 'character poems,' essentially tiny fictions in verse lines, motored by the traditions of the fable and fairy tale and a flair for the surreal reminiscent of Russell Edson's prose poems. Each poem opens by introducing an unlikely character or two ('Rick was a polyamorous shaman/ Who moonlighted as a detective') then proceeds to run the protagonist(s) through a little life maze, often involving the difficult quest for love: 'Â Ã¢Â€Â˜I don't care if she is on a respirator,/ I want to go dancing with her,' Roland/ Cried. Jeanine meant the world to him/ And her brain injury only made her/ More attractive.' Along the way, Kocot stumbles upon all manner of lyric beauty: one poem mentions 'the red acres of language,' while another features a man who 'made art, and in his/ spare time, he wept. He/ Kept away from edges.' As in all good fables, Kocot forgoes subtle symbols for precise and darkly humorous ones that immediately evoke emotion and morality: 'The giant anaconda that/ Had been chasing her dissolved.' And, like fairly tales for grownups, these little narratives often end with happiness unmistakably shaded by disappointment, as when a newly reconciled mother and son 'walked/ Silently on, not out of the flames/ Or anything, but just walked on.' (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
37 unbelievable stories about 37 believable people
About the Author
Noelle Kocot is the author of four previous poetry books: Sunny Wednesday (Wave, 2009), Poem for the End of Time and Other Poems (Wave, 2006), The Raving Fortune, and 4 (Four Way Books, 2004 and 2001 respectively). She is a graduate of Oberlin College (B.A.) and The University of Florida (M.F.A.). Among others, she has received awards from The National Endowment of the Arts, The Fund for Poetry, The American Poetry Review and The Academy of American Poets. She teaches in New York, and lives in New Jersey.
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