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Original Essays | September 15, 2014

Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



There's this writer, William Shakespeare. Perhaps you've heard of him. He wrote this play, Romeo and Juliet. Maybe you've heard of it as well. It's... Continue »
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"'If the flowers on my desk/ aren't watered,' writes Chelotti in his debut, 'they will continue/ posing questions.' In recording questions, confusion, attempts at explanation ('I would like this/ explanation, but there is no explanation'), Chelotti finds his shtick. 'I am looking out over/ one of the first real gray/ days of autumn listening/ to a podcast in which/ these two men are talking about/ the phenomenon of ball lightning,' it starts. Often deadpan in delivery and filled with up-to-date technological references, these poems, associative as Google-chats, work to uncover the comic and the precious in the potentially meaningless: 'Sometimes I think about Frank O'Hara/ but most of the time/ I think about paying/ the bills. I find myself saying c'est la guerre/ against my will.' Though the poems' sparely surreal hooks risk losing their potency over a full-length collection (by the time we reach a the first line 'When I come home/ there is a lion waiting,' we don't really blink an eye), Chelotti's more condensed poems ('Penitent Days,' 'White Sun,' 'Grace'), and the title poem, are gripping and surprising. 'The days surround us,/ pressure us into/ thinking there might/ not be enough time/ to say all we haven't said,' but Chelotti has gotten a remarkable start." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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In x, Dan Chelotti conjures voices that wander, pause, analyze, articulate, attempt to enlighten, fail to enlighten, and then answer that failure with laughter. The wildly inventive imagery in these cinematic pieces lodges them somewhere between the surreal and the pure symbol, colorful and smooth like the lyrics of John Ashbery or Linda Pastan. In Chelottis poems, diamonds talk and sheriffs balance frogs on the tips of pens.

The rain says, Listen to Debussy,

go ahead, Debussy will fix you.

—From “Migraine Cure”

The secret to including everything

is to intricately divide your mind

and then, all of a sudden,

undivide it.

—From “Still Life on a Scrolling Background”

About the Author

Dan Chelotti is the author of a chapbook, The Eights (Poetry Society of America, 2006), which was selected by Yusef Komunyakaa for the PSAs National Chapbook Fellowship. His poems and reviews have appeared in Fence, Boston Review, Gulf Coast, Kenyon Review Online, and many other magazines, and theyve been anthologized in State of the Union (Wave, 2008) and in Free Verses “New Voices from New England Supplement.” He has an MFA from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and has worked as an Assistant Managing Editor for Verse Press. Chelotti is an Assistant Professor of English at Elms College in western Massachusetts.

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ISBN:
9781938073397
Author:
Chelotti, Dan
Publisher:
McSweeney's Books
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20130331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
96
Dimensions:
7.5 x 5.5 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "'If the flowers on my desk/ aren't watered,' writes Chelotti in his debut, 'they will continue/ posing questions.' In recording questions, confusion, attempts at explanation ('I would like this/ explanation, but there is no explanation'), Chelotti finds his shtick. 'I am looking out over/ one of the first real gray/ days of autumn listening/ to a podcast in which/ these two men are talking about/ the phenomenon of ball lightning,' it starts. Often deadpan in delivery and filled with up-to-date technological references, these poems, associative as Google-chats, work to uncover the comic and the precious in the potentially meaningless: 'Sometimes I think about Frank O'Hara/ but most of the time/ I think about paying/ the bills. I find myself saying c'est la guerre/ against my will.' Though the poems' sparely surreal hooks risk losing their potency over a full-length collection (by the time we reach a the first line 'When I come home/ there is a lion waiting,' we don't really blink an eye), Chelotti's more condensed poems ('Penitent Days,' 'White Sun,' 'Grace'), and the title poem, are gripping and surprising. 'The days surround us,/ pressure us into/ thinking there might/ not be enough time/ to say all we haven't said,' but Chelotti has gotten a remarkable start." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
In x, Dan Chelotti conjures voices that wander, pause, analyze, articulate, attempt to enlighten, fail to enlighten, and then answer that failure with laughter. The wildly inventive imagery in these cinematic pieces lodges them somewhere between the surreal and the pure symbol, colorful and smooth like the lyrics of John Ashbery or Linda Pastan. In Chelottis poems, diamonds talk and sheriffs balance frogs on the tips of pens.

The rain says, Listen to Debussy,

go ahead, Debussy will fix you.

—From “Migraine Cure”

The secret to including everything

is to intricately divide your mind

and then, all of a sudden,

undivide it.

—From “Still Life on a Scrolling Background”

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