I finally got a hold of Richard Siken's Crush
, almost one whole year after I discovered him. I gotta say - I was not
disappointed. There is such a strong feeling of interconnectedness between his poems, so many repeated images and themes (the chlorinated pool, swallowing glass, a film called the Planet of Love
, golden light, a man named Henry). Because of this, there is a smooth flow from poem to poem, and the more you read, the more you'll love him.
I have spent roughly six hours or so (chemistry assessment task be damned!) digging up his poems from various corners of the web, in order to have them in one organized post. I also typed up the Foreword, tricky formatting and all, and included my favourite parts from his poems. This is mainly for self-reference, but I really do hope that someone will get something
out of this.
I encourage you - even if you're not really
a poetry person, if you're not really a reader, check this out
. Skip the tl;dr foreword and read anything that catches your eye. The ones marked with a (∞) are my favourites, maybe check out those first?
Because I never really thought I was a poetry person - until I read these. ( forewordCollapse )
( poemsCollapse )