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Eyelid Lick (Fence Modern Poets)by Donald Dunbar
Synopses & Reviews
Eyelid Lick is borne out of individual psychedelic experience into a world of streaming communication. These loose, runny poems seek intimacy through testimonial. There's the sensation of the lick, and the sensation of being licked, and if both people know each other enough both sides of the lick can be felt.
Not hate, not no capability to find them cute, or charming, or things. Because there's going to be a baby in the backyard. And because the lambs hang low in the trees.
I am so not fucking around. Like a name strangling its body, I'll forget it, too. I'll say one thing, and then completely forget it. I'll remind you of something known to everyone: We could have gotten away with so much more.
Winner of the 2012 Fence Modern Poets Series, this book is charged with ecstatic yet gritty humor and hyperkinetic desire.
Eyelid Lick is a pop treatise on sustainable communication, on the vital language that can survive outside our dreamy consciousnesses.
These long, loose, sometimes runny poems bear out psychedelic experience; they open like the doors of perception and give onto a vista of communion-through-language. There are speakers and speeches; there is the sensation of the lick, and the sensation of being licked, and if both agents know each other well enough both sides of the lick can be felt by both.
About the Author
Donald Dunbar is the author of the chapbooks You Are So Pretty (Scantily Clad Press, 2009) and Click Click (Gold Wake Press, 2010). He currently lives in Portland, Oregon, where he co-curates the reading series If Not For Kidnap and teaches poetry to future chefs at Oregon Culinary Institute.
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