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Appelman is a poet for the ages. Make Loneliness is cool, crazy, hard to categorize.
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Poetry. From the Graduate Writing Program at Otis College of Art and Design comes MAKE LONELINESS, a collection of new poetry by poet and screenwriter J. Reuben Appelman. Poems siphoned through a Wasteland lens juxtaposing violence, politically driven sex in public, the unrequited urge toward proper parenting, and an often abysmal undertow of post-televised American pop complexity: "On Judge Joe Brown today, there was a man who wanted his bamboo steamer back. He was considered the plaintiff, and his girlfriend was counter-suing for lack of affection in the amount of $6,000. Once I dyed my hair to match my computer. Is this the same? Somebody threw a key party and everyone went home with a tumor and a vehicle. My favorite time of year became those weeks when my roots were growing in. I was always happy, and on the verge of something awful. This after I drew her face on an orange, and cut it in half. My father as X under pending. He told me, Go into the universe and make loneliness, Son, make more loneliness."

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kay bois, January 16, 2009 (view all comments by kay bois)
Appleman's poet-performer uncertain identity unites loosely with the modern problem as posed by T.S. Eliot in "The Wasteland." The modern sense of after-ness hangs from quotations of and allusions to Eliot's poem of ultra-alluding. Appleman's fondness for the difficulty of presence as both reader and writer comes across as an urge to combine the camps. Here, the contemporary personal and bereft modern ambiguously align. With effects from humorous to devastating, J. Reuben inhabits any voice he chooses. The reader-poet or poet-reader would have to "Make Loneliness" as in, if you want to feel alone, do not read.
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ISBN:
9780979617706
Author:
Appelman, J. Reuben
Publisher:
Otis Books/Seismicity Editions
Subject:
Poetry : General
Subject:
General Poetry
Publication Date:
20080201
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
SU
Language:
English
Pages:
84

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