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Crush By Richard Siken Crush Richard Siken s Crush selected as the winner of the Yale Younger Poets prize is a powerful collection of poems driven by obsession and love Siken writes with ferocity and his reader hurtles un

  • Title: Crush
  • Author: Richard Siken
  • ISBN: 9780300107890
  • Page: 296
  • Format: Paperback
  • Crush By Richard Siken Richard Siken s Crush, selected as the 2004 winner of the Yale Younger Poets prize, is a powerful collection of poems driven by obsession and love Siken writes with ferocity, and his reader hurtles unstoppably with him His poetry is confessional, gay, savage, and charged with violent eroticism In the world of American poetry, Siken s voice is striking In her introductiRichard Siken s Crush, selected as the 2004 winner of the Yale Younger Poets prize, is a powerful collection of poems driven by obsession and love Siken writes with ferocity, and his reader hurtles unstoppably with him His poetry is confessional, gay, savage, and charged with violent eroticism In the world of American poetry, Siken s voice is striking In her introduction to the book, competition judge Louise Gl ck hails the cumulative, driving, apocalyptic power, and purgatorial recklessness of Siken s poems She notes, Books of this kind dream big They restore to poetry that sense of crucial moment and crucial utterance which may indeed be the great genius of the form.
    Crush By Richard Siken

    Crush Definition of Crush by Merriam Webster Crush definition is to squeeze or force by pressure so as to alter or destroy structure How to use crush in a sentence Synonym Discussion of crush. Crush definition of crush by The Free Dictionary squash, pound, break, smash, squeeze, crumble, crunch, mash, compress, press, crumple, pulverize Their vehicle was crushed by an army tank crease, wrinkle, crumple, rumple, scrumple, ruffle I don t want to crush Crush Definition of Crush at Dictionary to press or squeeze with a force that destroys or deforms to squeeze or pound into small fragments or particles, as ore, stone, etc verb used without object CRUSH meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary crush verb PRESS C T to press something very hard so that it is broken or its shape is destroyed The package had been badly crushed in the post.

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    1. Kirstine on said:

      and the gentleness that comes,not from the absence of violence, but despitethe abundance of it I read Richard Siken s poem Wishbone on the internet I read it once and closed the page The next day I was painfully aware I couldn t leave it behind That my mind kept circling back to his words So I read it and re read it again and again Dozens of times, until I realised it would never be enough, so I ordered his book.I have never in my life anticipated the arrival of a book than I did with this My e [...]

    2. Nick on said:

      I felt like I had the wind knocked out of me after I read this There s a thread of a story here, but it s abstract and shadowed Almost a ghost of a story What s left are the raw emotions of the actual experience, which is what great poetry is distilling the massive events that make up a life until there s nothing left but the urgent parts, the ones that carry the meaning.

    3. Kenny on said:

      Tell me about the dream where we pull the bodies out of the lakeand dress them in warm clothes again.How it was late, and no one could sleep, the horses running until they forget that they are horses.It s not like a tree where the roots have to end somewhere, it s like a song on a policeman s radio,how we rolled up the carpet so we could dance, and the days were bright red, and every time we kissed there was another appleto slice into pieces.Look at the light through the windowpane That means i [...]

    4. C on said:

      Ugh why does everyone love this book Siken, the winner of the 2004 Yale Series, is clearly a capable poet, and there were a few moments in this collection that were beautiful and lucid Otherwise, though, the poems are so overblown too many words going in too many directions and drowning in imagery of bodies, knives, and death Oh, and SO much cheesy, disembodied dialogue The form of the poems in this collection felt like a cop out you can only splatter lines across a page so many times before I b [...]

    5. Vishous on said:

      When I started reading this I couldn t believe what I got myself into.I am not a poetry fan so some parts at the beginning cracked me up and I tried to find some sense in them and I failed.But later Some parts Most parts Literally broke my heart And for those parts I am giving this 5 stars because I can t 4.5.QUOTISH SPOILERS view spoiler If there was one thing I could save from the fire, he said, the broken arms of the syca, the eucalyptus still trying to climb out of the yard your breath on my [...]

    6. Whitney Atkinson on said:

      Once again, I return to rating poetry on a scale of how much of it did I understand This one s language is easy to follow and the entire thing is comprehensive and you can really see the emotions and angst, but still, I couldn t find any deeper meanings in the poems Perhaps I couldn t relate to them, but for the majority of this, I wasn t impressed.My favorites from this collection Little Beast, Litany in which Certain Things are Crossed Out, and You Are Jeff 24

    7. Patrick Duggan on said:

      SIken s Crush, his first book which also won the Yale Young Poets award in 2004, is one of he most complete works of poetry I ve come across in years He uses the pacing of his long line to slow time, and create a darker atmosphere within the verse, where shadows move from walls and creep along the legs of lovers Time drags in elongated moments, or appears in flashes of memory and scenescape His pace and image teach us fight from the first two pages how to read the work, and how to prepare yourse [...]

    8. anna (readingpeaches) on said:

      i wish i could read it for the first time again i say but what i mean is i wish i could read it without crying for onceanyway it s pretty cool how in most cases u can basically guess that the person is straight if they claim they 1 don t understand why blood death r such a prominent theme in those poems or 2 didn t find any deeper meaning in them

    9. 'hayat on said:

      I read this sleepless and aching.I ve read parts of this book separately and reading it whole now takes me to places I thought I left, a previous lover read to me a poem by him, I ve read lines of the book once so many times that some days of mine were titled by some of these verses By the end of the book I was just drained from the bits of me that Siken s words swallowed.The poem Saying Your Names should be read loudly, so loudly that the names and the verses will take place in your mind and be [...]

    10. Daniel on said:

      Do you remember Prometheus That thief of fire who was bound to the rock in order for the vulture to pick at his liver, every day That liver grew back every day for the sole purpose of being eaten again The liver wasn t helpful to Prometheus, it was only a source of pain Can you imagine what it would be like to know that your liver would be eaten from your body day after day There must be an immense sense of dread, knowing that what s going to happen today is inevitable This is not a book about P [...]

    11. Yuki on said:

      I think that s the most beautiful piece of poetry I ve ever read I won t convince you Here s my fav poem.Little Beast1An all night barbecue A dance on the courthouse lawn The radio aches a little tune thet tells the story of what the night is thinking It s thinking of love It s thinking about stabbing us to death and leaving our bodies in a dumpster That s a nice touch, stains in the night, whiskey kisses for everyone.Tonight, by the freeway, a man eating a fruit pie with a buckknife carves the [...]

    12. jen on said:

      like millionth re read aug 22 2016fckinng kill me i m still too in deep w this shit do i really need to say anything this is my fave poetry collection i adore richard siken s way with words and i cry every time i read it.original read jan 30 2014

    13. Matthew on said:

      The Yale Younger Poets prize is the oldest annual literary award in the United States The competition is open to any American under forty years of age who has not previously published a volume of poetry.The Thom Gunn Award is an annual literary award, presented by Publishing Triangle to honour works of gay male poetry First presented in 2001 as the Triangle Award for Gay Poetry, the award was renamed in memory of American poet Thom Gunn, the award s first winner, following his death in 2004.Havi [...]

    14. ⊱ Poppy ⊰ on said:

      Well, HONESTLY speaking I started this book with really high hope s Richard Siken is pretty much an spectacular writer, but this book was JUST not for me The style and writing was awesome, if I was a critic I would ve rated this book a 5star, but NO I am NOT a critic and I will only give my precious stars to the book I love Tell me how all this, and love too, will ruin us.These, our bodies, possessed by light Tell me we ll never get used to it But some poetry hit home Like literally it touched m [...]

    15. Liz on said:

      First, I found this fragment from Planet of Love on the internet I didn t pay much attention to the feelings it invoked the first time I remember saving it amongst my favourites and then going back to business, however things changed when I found myself coming back to this exact fragment over and over and over again in the following days What did I do afterwards Right, I searched for some fragments And then I just ordered the whole book hoping that unlike most modern poetry collections it would [...]

    16. tee on said:

      I ve had this book on my shelf for ages and have been holding off reading it because I didn t want to read it and it be over You know how it goes So I kept saving it My partner pointed it out to me the other day I keep it on my bedside table , and said, uh oh, she s drawn all over the cover referring to my 1.5 year old daughter Seeing my crestfallen face he asked what book it was and I said, Oh, just only my favourite Even though I hadn t yet read it I had breathed in snatches of it on the sly, [...]

    17. Pavellit Off on said:

      I have always wondered what is the essence that makes prose a lasting memory and deeply flows into my veins Reading this collection of poems allowed me to see it clearly The poetic bits are the thing ingrained encoded in my sensitivity system This work is than a fascinating compilation of language I ve seen the intricacies and strings of thought that carry through each section It truly reached in deep and took me along with it Tell me about the dream where we pull the bodies out of the lake and [...]

    18. Yara (The Narratologist) on said:

      In an older study advice post on how to approach poetry, I wrote that a good poet should be able to make you feel something, whether you fully understand the work or not Often poems are not so much vessels of information, but like an experience A good poet can reach out and get an emotional response from you even if you have no clue what s he is talking about Sometimes you need to read a poem a few times before you fully understand it, or you can spend the rest of your life reading a work and s [...]

    19. Alexis Hall on said:

      Brought to you courtesy of Reading Project 2015.This particularly volume of poetry is profoundly important to me, I can t do it justice in a couple of Reading Project paragraphs.Also I have thoughts and feels and, uh, things.And writing about poetry is difficult at the best of times.So Imma going to come back to this.

    20. Maddie on said:

      I think reading a lot of Siken s poetry that came from this book before reading the book itself has caused me to not like it as much as I should, which is disappointing, and my mistake.I ve been left overwhelmed by Crush there are poems in here that are some of my favourite in the world Snow and Dirty Rain , lines that cut right through me but when you re reading a collection as opposed to individual poems, not all of them can hit so close Some of them went on for a long time, dragging their fee [...]

    21. Ferrin on said:

      I d seen this book quoted all over, and I really looked forward to reading it because of those quotes, which I quite liked, but those few that I d read before even opening the book were almost the only quotes I liked after completing it.I liked the first poems the most, but I m not sure whether it s because I did like them or because I was still optimistic about the book After a few poems you notice the repetition pretty early on I kind of figured it was a reoccurring theme type thing, which I u [...]

    22. farida on said:

      My applejack, my silent night, just mash your lips against me We are all going forward None of us are going back that was a beautiful book a new favorite.

    23. artemis on said:

      A man takes his sadness down to the river and throws it in the river but then he s still left with the river A man takes his sadness and throws it away but then he s still left with his hands.

    24. vicky ✨ on said:

      Tell me how all this, and love too, will ruin us.These, our bodies, possessed by light.Tell me we ll never get used to it.I had a dream about you We were in the gold roomwhere everyone finally gets what they want.You said Tell me about your books, your visions madeof flesh and light and I said This is the Moon This isthe Sun Let me name the stars for you Let me take youthere The splash of my tongue melting you like a sugarcube We were in the gold room where everyonefinally gets what they want, s [...]

    25. Jenna on said:

      T he face in the mirror is a paleand naked hostage and no one can tellwhich room he s being held in Richard Siken, from Unfinished Duet This Yale Prize winning book details the travails of eros in the obsessively anguished voice of a latter day Propertius With its accessible narratives, its frank passion, and its unabashed sincerity, Crush appears to have claimed a spot as one of the most popular poetry books published in the last decade if it isn t a contradiction in terms to refer to a book of [...]

    26. Leila on said:

      I wish I could give this collection of poetry the review that it deserves but truthfully, I find myself unable to write about it adequately enough The book is so good It s not often I read poetry and it is even less so that I find myself drawn into it With this, each poem drew me in Each line felt like a story of its own and often than not, I found myself reading a poem further in and reminisicing a poem that I had read earlier in the collection and wondering how connected they were I love the [...]

    27. Cristina on said:

      I recently bought this book, and so decided to reread it There is nothing like reading Crush for the first time The first time I read this book, it was like being attacked with language Emotions were being thrown at me love, panic, terror, guilt, regret and they were beautifully written and twisted and haunting, and I knew that I missed a lot of interpretation and would one day have to reread it.For one thing, Crush is my favorite poetry anthology I LIKE poetry, but I m not sure I was interested [...]

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