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The author of the book: Jennifer Perrine
Edition: New Issues Press
Date of issue: March 1st 2007
ISBN: 1930974698
ISBN 13: 9781930974692
Language: English
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As often happens, I read a poem on line that I loved so much that I wrote to the author AND bought this book. The poem was “I Tell Death, Eventually” in/on Rattle (http://www.rattle.com/i-tell-death-ev...). That poem demonstrates the accessible style of poetry that I most often enjoy. This collection was much more erudite, at least in vocabulary. I found it a bit off-putting to stop in almost every poem and consult my iPad for a definition. Normally, that would be the kiss of death for Perrine’s book in my opinion, yet you see I still gave it five stars. Why? Because of number of poems I marked as favorites in the Contents.

These poems cover a broad range of topics about bodies from a mother (what we do to her body and how she affects our self-body image), illness, death, surgeries, an absorbed twin, lovers, etc. What I most appreciated were Perrine’s insights on gender (she teaches gender studies). She introduces us to people unlike ourselves in some ways, but shows how much we have in common. Her poems also evoke the wry, often dark humor employed in the Rattle poem, as in “In Honor of Your Birthday, I’ve Been Mauled by a Dog.”

The second poem (dictionary free) shows why I kept reading on and on to the end:

“…and when I’m born, though she gives me a name

plain and utile as toothpaste, she insists
on calling me Magpie: and how she’s right:

when I’m first caught filling my cavernous
maw with paint chips, plaster, coffee grounds pulled

from the trash, my father assures her:
this is the work of all infants: to hold

the world inside them, piece by piece: to turn
each sliver about on the tongue…”

I loved everything about this poem: “from plain and utile as toothpaste” to using “maw” with Magpie, how her dad stood up for her, how her mother doesn't remember she was once a child, and especially the explanation of “the work of all infants.”


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Ebook The Body Is No Machine (New Issues Poetry & Prose) read Online! Jennifer Perrine is the author of No Confession, No Mass, winner of the 2016 Publishing Triangle Audre Lorde Award and the 2014 Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry; In the Human Zoo, recipient of the 2010 Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize; and The Body Is No Machine, winner of the 2008 Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award in Poetry.

For more information, visit www.jenniferperrine.org.


Reviews of the The Body Is No Machine (New Issues Poetry & Prose)


CALLUM

I never liked the book.

FREDERICK

Watch out! Maybe a fundamental change in your life!

NIAMH

A book that leaves a whole bunch of emotions after reading

ARCHIE

One of the best books

PAIGE

The most favorite book of all books




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