Notes for My Body Double

Notes for My Body Double Who would guess that Godzilla the Invisible Man Elvis Donald Duck Ted Williams and the Three Stooges might have something to say about the love and loss that shape the way we see the world And ye

  • Title: Notes for My Body Double
  • Author: Paul Guest
  • ISBN: 9780803260351
  • Page: 311
  • Format: Paperback
  • Who would guess that Godzilla, the Invisible Man, Elvis, Donald Duck, Ted Williams, and the Three Stooges might have something to say about the love and loss that shape the way we see the world And yet these are the pop culture coordinates that chart the emotional life brilliantly mapped out in Paul Guest s second book of poems Winner of the Prairie Schooner Prize in PoeWho would guess that Godzilla, the Invisible Man, Elvis, Donald Duck, Ted Williams, and the Three Stooges might have something to say about the love and loss that shape the way we see the world And yet these are the pop culture coordinates that chart the emotional life brilliantly mapped out in Paul Guest s second book of poems Winner of the Prairie Schooner Prize in Poetry, this collection plumbs the depths of nature and culture how, for instance, gar in Old English means spear, and an octopus can lose a limb during mating to give form to the darkness and the light that make us human In poetry whose tone is largely one of lament tempered by a wry and intelligent humor, Paul Guest does what a poet does best he gives us the moments of his life refashioned to reflect the larger arc and meaning of our own of life, that is, writ large.

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    About " Paul Guest "

  • Paul Guest

    Paul Guest s first book, The Resurrection of the Body and the Ruin of the World, won the 2002 New Issues Prize in Poetry, and his second book, Notes for My Body Double, won the 2006 Prairie Schooner Book Prize In 2010 Ecco will publish his memoir, One More Theory About Happiness The recipient of a 2007 Whiting Award, he is a visiting professor of English at the University of West Georgia.

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  • "Love, you knowthat language failed meearly with you: in my mouth you founda hidden stammer. In allthe days since, what have I saidthat was right? So little. But know: when we stood on one sideof thick glass to watcha world of water ignore our entire lives,I kissed your fingersand each one in that light was blue."-from "Water"


  • Mixed feelings about this one. Titles that drew me to the book in the first place ("A poem called 'Questions for Godzilla'! Who is this guy?") ended up being the phoniest/flattest of all. It's not that all the pop-culture nerdy stuff falls flat, but some of it does, esp. when paired with Romantic sentiment and lyrical fluffiness, e.g. long rhetorical questions with no weight behind them. The last line of the Godzilla poem is, "What is pain to you?" Uh, nothing, 'cause Godzilla's not real. The li [...]


  • I know you're not supposed to criticize him because he's paraplegic, but I really don't like this book, at all. The first few poems I did like, but somehow as I read more of the poems, I began to like them progressively less (and that doesn't usually happen for me when reading a book of poetry. Usually, it's more the opposite). Also, for several of the poems, I really liked the beginnings, but then I got really disappointed by their arrivals. I felt like everything was going to the same place, a [...]


  • No, I didn’t wait for youor sleep much at allor raise one hope like a rag to wipe my lost face. *the way certain memories intrudeupon whole days, voidingthe certain beauty of one magnoliaafter another.*Maybe you wake up knotted in your bedclothesand what you thought your life was, it isn’t:and whatever that was you’re forgetting anyway.[…]No one here sells the map of all your memories. *What will I do with my daysnow that my nightsare sublimely aloneand how will I make use of this woundI [...]


  • My favorite poems are honest and filled with the gruesome imagery of the human condition. They reveal something about humanity that we mask in our everyday lives. Notes for My Body Double by Paul Guest delivers! Even though it felt many of the poems were often quite similar in style, I enjoyed every single one. I think it is best to take this book a handful of poems a day.


  • The best of these poems use rhetoric, humor, juxtaposition, and self-depreciation to great effect. I got bored halfway through with the lack of any formal variation (if you squint, they all look the same!) and started to feel like the lines weren't as carefully-wrought as they could be, but I was re-engaged by the end (ok, maybe I skipped a few).


  • The poems in this collection were really moving. At times steeped in isolation and loneliness, but never asking for pity or sympathy. The poems are mainly about a man in love with the world even though it doesn't always provide. My favorite was "Questions for Godzilla."


  • This is a gifted man who is unafraid to give freely of himself. His range is vast, and I am humbled by his sense of humor--and his honesty.



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