Now You're the Enemy: Poems

James Allen Hall

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Now You're the Enemy: Poems

Now You're the Enemy: Poems By James Allen Hall Now You re the Enemy Poems Texas Institute of Letters Poetry Award Finalist for the Independent Booksellers Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Award co winner in the gay poetry category from Lambda Book Awards A famil

  • Title: Now You're the Enemy: Poems
  • Author: James Allen Hall
  • ISBN: 9781557288646
  • Page: 339
  • Format: Paperback
  • Now You're the Enemy: Poems By James Allen Hall 2009 Texas Institute of Letters Poetry Award Finalist for the 2008 Independent Booksellers Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Award co winner in the gay poetry category from Lambda Book Awards A family in the aftermath of violence These raw and powerful poems have at their heart the charged, archetypal figure of the mother Conflicted by the twin desires of self destru2009 Texas Institute of Letters Poetry Award Finalist for the 2008 Independent Booksellers Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Award co winner in the gay poetry category from Lambda Book Awards A family in the aftermath of violence These raw and powerful poems have at their heart the charged, archetypal figure of the mother Conflicted by the twin desires of self destruction and self preservation, this mother is both terrible and beautiful This compassionate, nervy collection of poems shows a family in the aftermath of violence James Allen Hall explores themes of loss, the intersection of grief and desire, and the ways in which history, art, and politics shape the self We meet the speaker s mother in many guises she is the rogue Republic of Texas, the titular character of Rosemary s Baby, a nineteenth century artist s model, a fake entry in an encyclopedia, the lost queen of King Lear With clarity, wit, and compassion, the speaker discovers the facets of his mother her own abuse, her years of adultery, her struggle to remain independent so that he may come to terms with his own sexuality By seeing his mother in these guises, the speaker understands identity as it develops along and is reclaimed from the most repressive of social margins Hall s poems twine the autobiographical impulse with a deeper emotional, somewhat surreal, temperament This is a book as much about the way we tell our stories as it is about the stories we tell Now You re the Enemy negotiates narrative in order to refashion the self as a way to survive, to learn the redemptive power of love.
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    1. Patricia Murphy on said:

      A fellow poet recommended this book to me and I m glad she did It was helpful for me to read because it covers some similar themes and time shifts as the collection I m writing now There were moments in the book when I felt the sentiment would have been powerful if understated rather than overstated There were also a few lines that seemed too prosaic and I wish they would have been poetrified I ask the poet to just set a timer and work for 20 minutes until the line includes musicality, image, f [...]

    2. Neil Grayson on said:

      It s impossible for me to write an objective review of these poems I see in them what Hall wanted from my poetry graduation He said that a poem must move beyond itself to talk about something else worth talking about I ve been trying to write poems this good ever since I met him I could go on Just read the book.

    3. Rusty on said:

      This book kicked my ass in a good way If you like completely unflinching poems, this is your book.

    4. Robert Zimmermann on said:

      Simply put On my top five books of poetry Each time I pick it up I find something new to draw me in deeper.A Must read for any poetry lover.

    5. Robert Beveridge on said:

      James Allen Hall, Now You re the Enemy University of Arkansas Press, 2008 It makes sense that obsession can be a driving force for creativity, and one sees it everywhere, if one knows how to look at such things Everyone s aware Stephen King has a thing about kids, right When you get into shorter forms of art, however, delving into the obsessions of a particular artist can either be a phantasmagoric though brilliant experience cf Richard Siken s Crush, once of the best books of poetry of the last [...]

    6. Heather on said:

      I picked this up from the library last month after Mark Doty recommended it at his reading at The Center, read it, but didn t really get into it I liked it much , on re reading it over the past few days Maybe I over poetried in April, and needed the break of reading a novel as breathing space, before poems Most of these poems center on, or circle around, the speaker s mother I maul her into memory, the first poem says, but warns us, too that no story is true p 3 There is strain and violence, vi [...]

    7. rinabeana on said:

      Now I ve reread this and read a few interviews with the author I can somewhat appreciate what he was trying to do, and there are a couple poems that I really like However, my original sentiment was largely confirmed.Absolutely not my cup of tea

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