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Ai is a poet noted for her uncompromising poetic vision and bleak dramatic monologues which give voice to marginalized, often poor and abused speakers. Though born Florence Anthony, she legally changed her name to Ai which means “love” in Japanese. Alicia Ostriker countered. A new website uses Google’s artificial intelligence to generate short couplets so vague and lowkey nonsensical that they may as well have been your high school friend’s Facebook status. The project, Poem Portraits, lets you “donate” a single word that the algorithm then.
Sort order. Jun 03, Chelsea rated it really liked it. Ai's collection is startling, difficult, and important. Selected from the five books preceding this collection - Cruelty, Killing Floor, Sin, Fate, and Greed - these poems tackle dangerous parts of the human spirit in ways that leave readers gasping for air. Her metaphors and similes are often spiritual, ranging from Lazarus to Eve to Saturn and Lucifer. They ask us to to challenge what we believe, as in, "how free is a woman?
Ai uses sound to propel her poems, leaning more into "spoken word" rhythms and inertias as the years progress. For me, her use of sound is most successful in her earlier poems where she focuses more on image and lets rhythm move us more into sight. As sound begins to take over in Greed and the new poems, the images feel weighted down and a bit more controlled by the sound.
These poems also move into more current social and political allusions to figures such as Lee Harvey Oswald, Malcolm X, and James Dean. While these are strong poems dealing with difficult subject matter, they almost lose that dark and deep edge that I loved so much about the earlier pieces.
No matter how you nitpick, however, Ai's poems hit you like a truck and demand that you stand up again, keep turning the page. Often adopting new personas, Ai embodies the "vices" she describes in new ways in each poem. She does not shy away from the challenge of depicting the harsh realities of sin and cruelty, but rather embraces these personas with eerie accuracy.
Joy Harjo calls this collection "frightening but necessary" and while sometimes the poems are hard to stomach, this is a book that forces us to wrestle with the demons in the world and the ones in the mirror. Dec 09, Charles Xu rated it it was amazing. I love the variety of poems in this book. You can really see the evolution in Ai's work with this book, especially how she transitions from narrating the atrocities in small, rural towns in the eyes of the lower class to narrating pop culture stars. It's interesting to see how she approaches both worlds with the same sharpness of language and fearlessness in exposing violence and abuse.
Definitely not a poem to read for relaxation, but a great poem to read if you want to feel something in your h I love the variety of poems in this book. Definitely not a poem to read for relaxation, but a great poem to read if you want to feel something in your heart. May 14, H. Williams rated it did not like it. It was not my type of poetry, though there were some good works that I enjoyed reading due to stylistic features, though I could not relate to a good portion of the book.
Aug 27, Allissa Hertz rated it really liked it Shelves: poetry. I have a hard time handling some of the more graphic detail and horror, but it pays off, because Ai has some important things to say by addressing these issues. Apr 17, Robert Lashley rated it really liked it. The early poems here-the ones in Cruelty and Killing Floor -are intricate and forceful. Obsessed with trauma and agonizingly internal, they can raise powerful questions about race, gender, identity and the human capacity to digest an enormous amount of grief. She loses me In the later poems, where she stops telling human personal stories and starts to ruminate on pop culture events and figures.
When she started writing about OJ, Monica Lewinsky, Koresh, and the Okalahoma city bombing, the animating aesthetics of her work fall flat. Still, the book is worth it: there is much here that needs to be read if you want to understand the history of poetry, chew on some literary theorizing, or just read some good poems. If you can get a good copy of Cruelty on Amazon, however, I would go with that first. Aug 26, Holly Lindquist rated it liked it Shelves: poetry. Some poetry is lovely, evocative and lyrical, perfect for reading aloud and drowning yourself in the taste of the words and the beauty of the imagery.
Other poems are more visceral, meant to convey heavy social or political messages. Ai's poetry falls like a brick into that second category. It is a brutal glimpse of the dark side, of criminals, serial killers, victims, and forgotten people languishing in alleyways.
It's the poetic equivalent of being punched in the gut. Return to Book Page. Preview — Fate by Ai. Fate by Ai. Get A Copy. Paperback , 77 pages. Published January 10th by Mariner Books first published January 1st More Details Original Title. Other Editions 1. Friend Reviews.
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Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Aug 23, Jeff Crompton rated it it was amazing. The late Ai inhabited a small, tightly defined corner of the poetry world.
Her poems were monologues - character poems. Like many of Randy Newman's songs, each of her poems was "spoken" by a specific person real or fictional , not by an omniscient narrator or the poet herself.
The first poem in this powerful collection is "by" Mary Jo Kopechne: a car sailed off a bridge but did not float. Then the water, the dark grey water, opened its mouth and I slid down its throat. But when it tried to swallow t The late Ai inhabited a small, tightly defined corner of the poetry world. But when it tried to swallow the man they called my lover and my killer, it choked and spit him back into your faces.
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