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Poetry. "From the 'sweet scat' and 'jump rope hymns' of wonder and wistfulness to the transformational, lithe, sexually charged energy of jazz, HURDY-GURDY earnestly explores the differences between what we want, what we get, and what we must be willing to pursue at any cost. This is an exciting book--at once fluid, shapely, and steady as stone--whose tensions lead us to a Poetry. "From the 'sweet scat' and 'jump rope hymns' of wonder and wistfulness to the transformational, lithe, sexually charged energy of jazz, HURDY-GURDY earnestly explores the differences between what we want, what we get, and what we must be willing to pursue at any cost. This is an exciting book--at once fluid, shapely, and steady as stone--whose tensions lead us to an authentic meditative wholeness"--Mark Cox. "This is not a poetry of the highfalutin violin nor the somber cello, but a melody you heard somewhere that followed you home. Elegant and silly, irreverent, fun and funny, Tim Seibles' poetry celebrates the spirit's little moments of holy joy"--Sandra Cisneros.


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Poetry. "From the 'sweet scat' and 'jump rope hymns' of wonder and wistfulness to the transformational, lithe, sexually charged energy of jazz, HURDY-GURDY earnestly explores the differences between what we want, what we get, and what we must be willing to pursue at any cost. This is an exciting book--at once fluid, shapely, and steady as stone--whose tensions lead us to a Poetry. "From the 'sweet scat' and 'jump rope hymns' of wonder and wistfulness to the transformational, lithe, sexually charged energy of jazz, HURDY-GURDY earnestly explores the differences between what we want, what we get, and what we must be willing to pursue at any cost. This is an exciting book--at once fluid, shapely, and steady as stone--whose tensions lead us to an authentic meditative wholeness"--Mark Cox. "This is not a poetry of the highfalutin violin nor the somber cello, but a melody you heard somewhere that followed you home. Elegant and silly, irreverent, fun and funny, Tim Seibles' poetry celebrates the spirit's little moments of holy joy"--Sandra Cisneros.

30 review for Hurdy-Gurdy (Cleveland State University Poetry Series: XXXVIII)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rebe

    Sometimes poets can be awesome at description but never venture outside of a few familiar topics, like love or grief. Tim Seibles doesn't have this problem, not at all. His poems are always unexpected. He knows how to have fun with poetry without giving up all the gravity and beauty of the life he describes. It's an awesome reading experience to go from the elegant intimacy of "The Lamps," for example, or the quiet sadness of "Poem," to the energy of "What It Comes Down To." Seibles is definitel Sometimes poets can be awesome at description but never venture outside of a few familiar topics, like love or grief. Tim Seibles doesn't have this problem, not at all. His poems are always unexpected. He knows how to have fun with poetry without giving up all the gravity and beauty of the life he describes. It's an awesome reading experience to go from the elegant intimacy of "The Lamps," for example, or the quiet sadness of "Poem," to the energy of "What It Comes Down To." Seibles is definitely one of my favorite poets.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rosie

    He writes crazy hilarious poems from the perspective of Boris and Natasha (yes, as in the Bullwinkle Boris and Natasha). Holy shit!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    If I started naming poems that blew me away it would just be a list of the poems in the book. I think I am in awe of the nakedness (sometimes actual, sometimes emotional) here. Like these poems are totally showing up, how can I turn away. They are also kind, which has me wanting to be kind, and which puts a balm on the raw places we go to.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Holly

    Lot of really interesting poems in here. Especially charming were the persona poems about Boris and Natasha from Bullwinkle.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Aran

    Living in the body, demotic, charming. Longer poems.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kawai

    A prose poet that often eschews obvious rhythm in favor of more subtlety, Seibels manages to move effectively from fantasies of assassinating apartheid leaders to poems about cartoon characters, finding somewhere in between moving observations of being alive (and black) in America.

  7. 4 out of 5

    lexi

  8. 5 out of 5

    Marissa

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jordan

  10. 5 out of 5

    mwalsh

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan

  12. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl Ramsey

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ceci

  14. 5 out of 5

    Silas

  15. 5 out of 5

    Christine Reilly

  16. 5 out of 5

    Julene

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jah

  18. 4 out of 5

    Drew Adler

  19. 4 out of 5

    Dave

  20. 4 out of 5

    Timothy Devaney

  21. 5 out of 5

    Keirstin Westfallen

  22. 4 out of 5

    Julie Lingsch

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jackie Craven

  24. 5 out of 5

    Laure-anne

  25. 4 out of 5

    paulina

  26. 5 out of 5

    Gene Mayes

  27. 5 out of 5

    Erik

  28. 5 out of 5

    Dave Gray

  29. 5 out of 5

    Elena Westbrook

  30. 5 out of 5

    Drew

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