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Comment Archives: stories: Arts & Culture: Book Feature

Re: “Moody Metaphors

I'm the director of Chax Press, the publisher of the book, just to clear the air. I think this review of Carter's book is really stupid. First of all, it fails to recognize that many poems are persona poems, a voice speaking that is not the author's. But what bothers me more is that the reviewer wants poetry to perk people up from the darkness, not to figure out what's really going on. He wants Carter to be more like Billy Collins. If he were, Chax wouldn't publish the work at all.

If this guy thinks Carter's work is too dark, he must think Samuel Beckett is abysmal, and he must wish Linh Dinh would go crawl back into a hole somewhere. That's just to name two of my favorite writers.

Everything he says which posited as a kind of negative, I would take as a positive. And the things he would like Carter to do, i.e. "care to please an NPR-listening audience," are things I am so glad he does not try to do.

The reviewer's vision of poetry seems to be a little coffee circle sharing its pleasantries, keeping the darkness at bay by laughing gaily or ignoring it altogether. I'd rather enter, as the masterful poet Gwendolyn Brooks names it, "the noise and the whip of the whirlwind."

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Posted by charles on 12/30/2012 at 11:09 AM

Re: “Moody Metaphors

Perhaps Carter's metaphors are "Moody" but maybe they should be when they are in response to an imperfect world. Perhaps some poems need to be cruel, to scare the indifferent awake, to remind us that not everything is funny. The collection is entitled "Get Serious" after all. I respect the poet for venturing into new territory. It may be unpopular, difficult territory, but the speakers in these poems are telling the truth

This is another point: Writers don't write solely from their perspective. Poetry collections often utilize multiple points of view. This is what good poetry does, after all. It invites us to see the world through new eyes, to venture into new territory we wouldn't have initially thought about. Kudos to Mr. Carter for doing this well in Get Serious.

--Lisa M. Cole

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Posted by Lisa Marie Cole on 12/30/2012 at 1:06 AM

Re: “Moody Metaphors

Perhaps Carter's metaphors are "Moody" but maybe they should be when they are in response to an imperfect world. Perhaps some poems need to be cruel, to scare the indifferent awake, to remind us that not everything is funny. The collection is entitled "Get Serious" after all. I respect the poet for venturing into new territory. It may be unpopular, difficult territory, but the speakers in these poems are telling the truth. Isn't the truth more important than whether something makes us feel good?

This is another point: Take any Poetry 101 course, and the instructor will tell you that not every poem is from the perspective of the poet himself. Poetry is all about stepping into another person's shoes and seeing the world from a new perspective. Bravo, Mr. Carter for doing this well in Get Serious.

--Lisa M. Cole

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Posted by Lisa Marie Cole on 12/30/2012 at 12:58 AM

Re: “Moody Metaphors

Good poetry is capable of awakening, not soothing, whether the audience be NPR listeners or undergraduates. Good poetry grabs the readers’ lapels, shakes them awake and leaves them with a reinvigorated view of the world they thought they knew. Jefferson Carter's New and Selected Poems is a terrific collection that both strikes out into new territory and reminds us of older poems that have already staked a claim on our imaginations.
Burgess Needle

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Posted by bsneedle on 12/28/2012 at 11:34 AM

Re: “A Glorified Nobody

I find it amusing that the Earps are described as "Law and order Repulicans" when their main way of keeping peace was all about gun control.

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Posted by Sally Chandler on 12/22/2012 at 12:28 PM

Re: “Dying for a Drink

Tim Hull. Why, he's a journalist! Who'da thunk. - an old friend from home.

Posted by prescott on 11/29/2012 at 10:13 AM

Re: “Miracle Metal

Come to the Royale this Sunday, 5pm, and meet the author who wrote what the Tucson Weekly is calling, "the most important book you'll read all year."

Join us at the Bisbee Royale for a night filled with everything Bill Carter. There will be a screening of Miss Sarajevo as well as U2's Missing Sarajevo short documentary.

After the films a discussion will ensue based on Bill's previous books as well as his newest release Boom, Bust, Boom.

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Posted by Bisbee Royale on 11/15/2012 at 11:28 AM

Re: “Drugs and Prophecy

This is another great book by Darrell James. Like the first book, Nazareth Child, I was unable to put it down because Del is such an interesting character and Darrell James tells a great story. Im anxiously waiting for the next book!

Posted by nece on 10/18/2012 at 2:26 PM

Re: “A Tale of Abuse

As someone who just escaped an abusive relationship and knows a little too well what it's like to "enable" her abuser, I am curious to know how the author researched her material? Although it's painful, part of the process of healing (for me) is reading about abuse and I'm looking forward to getting a copy of this!

Posted by Paula Morical on 08/31/2012 at 7:28 AM

Re: “Sedona Slaughter

Matt Marine is a friend of mine, so when his first book was published I had to read it. I'm a pretty avid but slow reader, and am a fan of action thriller mysteries. But Matt absolutely impressed me!!!! The book is not one of those one inch thick books that can bore me - it's only 286 pages but packed full of fast paced action and twists that makes it hard to put down. I think Matt has many more books in his future. Help spread the word to friends to read Devil's Moon.

Posted by Phil on 08/15/2012 at 3:25 PM

Re: “Gems of Genius

I just finished Triptciks: the most amazing read for quite some time.

Posted by Ivona Poyntz on 06/17/2012 at 1:50 PM

Re: “Tasty Serial

Any of Joe Brown's books are worth finding, buying and reading. He is the real McCoy - he writes about ranching and the borderlands like nobody else. I wish Joe and Rick Padilla the very best in their endeavors.

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Posted by Mike from Bisbee on 06/06/2012 at 6:32 AM

Re: “Tasty Serial

You da** sure have it right, Leo! I read the entire book at one sitting. I'm not a Dogie, I had parents, but I also had a yearning to make a hand from a very young age. There were times when Joe watched me trying. Art Brooks, Wickenburg, Arizona

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Posted by Art Brooks on 06/01/2012 at 3:09 PM

Re: “Strength and Perseverance

great review!

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Posted by coldfront on 05/24/2012 at 7:46 AM

Re: “Maverick Matadors

It's wonderful that the Plaza de Toros sits empty. Maybe you could arrange to have dog fighting there. Bullfighting is a remnent of a historic time when men weren't very civilized. Apparently, some men still lust for blood and have the desire to kill (or to watch) and it's a sore commentary on those people

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Posted by saintjoan on 04/19/2012 at 2:25 PM

Re: “The Die Is Cast

Many thanks for this review. I'll be at the Tucson Festival of Books with Elmore Leonard at 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Posted by Barry Graham on 03/08/2012 at 11:41 PM

Re: “A Pinch of Prickly Pear

Thanks for the info Pattie. I had several others I wanted to include but I ran out of space.

Posted by rconnelly on 03/08/2012 at 11:19 AM

Re: “A Pinch of Prickly Pear

Nice batch of books! I would also add the wonderful collection of docent recipes published several years ago, "Dining with the Desert Museum".

Posted by Pattie Bell on 03/08/2012 at 9:40 AM

Re: “A Pinch of Prickly Pear

As long-time Tucsonans probably know, Francisca was the wife of Lloyd who ran Lloyd's Mexican Restaurant on Sixth St., one block east of Park Ave. Great food and a great little family restaurant.

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Posted by Bruce on 03/07/2012 at 6:26 PM

Re: “A Damaged Landscape

[i]"Before I go any further, I want to say something to any climate-change deniers out there: Please, for the sake of the rest of us (not to mention the planet), pull your heads out of your ponderous asses. There is no doubt that climate change is happening. It is directly tied to the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, an earthshaking development in human history that led directly to a massive increase in the combustion of fossil fuels and thus their combustion products. It is supported by an irrefutable body of scientific facts. Not believing in climate change is like not believing in gravity, or not believing that the Earth is round."[/i]

To start an article out with a pointed insult to those who don't believe in many things, is not a way to win over any reader, whether they be liberal or not. Climate change has been happening to the planet for thousands and millions of years you 'ponderous ass'. (example; the coming and going of the ice age) It was only thanks to man and the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, that the process was sped up ten fold. The planet will change (as everything does) and all we can do is adapt and help slow the process, by taking more care into how we do things.

Ultimately, climate change will happen whether you like it or not.

I will read this book as I do wish to read into another person's view on how the world is changing through their eyes.

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Posted by Keitaro Urashima on 03/02/2012 at 10:50 AM

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