Richard Siken — Here’s a man who knows how to have a proper crush. Louise Gluck says in her foreword that the book is about “panic” and that, “In the world of Crush, panic is a synonym for being…” I think “panic” is a close word, but in my experience, it is a touch more sensual– in the neighborhood of “urgency” or “emergency.”
I dig his long lines and the way they effortlessly fall onto the page. This part of Litany in Which Certain Things Are Crossed Out is my favorite – where emergency meets pause – where “shut up” is used as a punctuational pause (& a good laugh).
Who am I? I’m just a writer. I write things down.
I walk through your dreams and invent the future. Sure,
I sink the boat of love, but that comes later. And yes, I swallow
glass, but that comes later.
And the part where I push you
flush against the wall and every part of your body rubs against the bricks,
I’m getting to it.