A Babble of Objects: Poems.
6 x 9 trade paperback
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If objects could talk, what sort of things would they say?
Through a rapid series of short poems Raymond Luczak, author of seven acclaimed poetry collections such as Mute (A Midsummer Night's Press) and The Kiss of Walt Whitman Still on My Lips (Squares & Rebels), imagines the inner lives of inanimate objects. We learn what it's like to be a dressing room mirror, a bobby pin, a discarded mattress, a stapler, a credit card, a hearing aid, and a bagful of marbles among other things.
"A Babble of Objects imagines complex inner lives for the items that surround us daily, from thumbtack to tile grout, mattress coils to brick walls. When we meet a washing machine--a 'blocky cow' chewing its cud--and learn its gripes and joys, we can't help but consider the desires and emotional limitations that animate our own. One of the chief pleasures of this collection is its whimsical layout and lineation; each poem is itself an object for contemplation reflecting its subject's way of moving in the world. Read this book as a study in paying attention, and the spaces around you will become at once more intimate and strange." --Emily Van Kley, author of The Cold and The Rust