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Must a Violence (Kuhl House Poets)


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from “Must a Violence”
Must a violence be administered
Must a violence be enacted upon
Must a violence be had to oneself
Must a violence be endured
Must an unanticipated violence
Must a violence beyond one’s control
Must a modicum of violence
Must a dosage or capsule-full of violence
Must an irregularly dispensed occasional
vaccination of violence
Must a violence be inflicted upon

Must a violence first be undergone 

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Buchanan, Oni
University of Iowa Press
Single Author / American
Poetry-A to Z
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Kuhl House Poets
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8 x 6 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "'I can't tell if it's me/ or the machinery to which I am/ affixed Tiredness/ radiates from the exact/ center,' writes Oni Buchanan in her third collection. Her poems are built from simple language and infused with an often sinister imagination. 'An Infection' is a blunt masterwork of creepiness: 'The infection may have come/ because the hot and crowded train/ did not have properly fresh/ head napkins on its seats,' she writes. People in close quarters spread germs, travel in clumps; not so different from the way we treat animals in confined feeding operations. 'If only everyone could just take care/ of themselves and take cover from the wetness and the rotting,' she laments. She questions what makes humans different from the animals we eat. Buchanan mixes shorter and longer poems, but she gains momentum, power, and volume in the extended pieces. 'Little Pig' spans 16 pages and describes in second-person narrative a joy bordering on hysteria toward a pet pig. 'You could run out one side/ of the house and loop/ around' Buchanan encourages the pig, then, 'perpetual joy is in that loop, Little Pig!' Buchanon is an experimental poet who also manages a playful accessibility." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Oni Buchanan explores the problem of violence against the undefended, elemental self through a variety of emotional and linguistic responses. The violation itself is unspecified but involves the forced transformation from an instinctual, animal self, housed in the body and in the senses, into a socialized, time-based “citizen,” familiar with death, decay, and systemic injustice.  

In Must a Violence, the tones and personalities vary widely but trust is always placed in the five senses. These poems gather and relay extraordinary sense data, from inaudible sounds to long-absent smells. These deeply musical poems demand the reader attend to their sounds: to the waveforms, repetitions, durations, and delicate interrelationships of words.

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