Richard Siken

22 Jun


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,

shut up

I’m getting to it.


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