American Society

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❰Epub❯ ➞ American Society  Author David Chorlton –
  • Paperback
  • 210 pages
  • American Society
  • David Chorlton
  • English
  • 09 January 2018
  • 9781938853081

10 thoughts on “American Society

  1. says:

    We are the publisher, so all of our books get five stars from us Proceeds from the sale of this anthology help support FutureCycle Press s Good Works projects Excerpts David ChorltonCHEAP MANGOSThere s an easy flow of music throughthe speakers at the supermercadowhere papayas ripen while you watchtheir skins disintegratethe way a man s skin doeswhen he s found on his back in the desertfacing the sun with his mouth lockedbetween a scream and a prayer His trouser legis torn where a coyotecame to gnaw at his thighand of his right forearm onlythe bones remain, while on his left wrista watch still measures time.The music has a teardrop in its beatand nostalgia in the singer s voicebut the juice aisle is a happy placewith any flavor you d rememberfrom a trip across the bordergoing south to a colorful villagewith peppers stacked in the marketjust like these red, green, yellow onesdisplayed in the order of their bite,a village likely similarto one the woman leftwhose sweater clings to what remainsof her where she collapsedin a pair of sports shoes good for many miles with the tread on their solesand Just Do It style Something pulled at her hairwhere her scalp peeled awaybut the strap on her brassiereis indestructible as the beltthat falls slack where the flesh has wastedfrom her hips Had she made itto a road she might have foundher way to Phoenix, to the storewhere the cakes in the cold caseare churrigueresque, and mangosare two for ninety nine cents.H Edgar HixTHE NEW POORYou can tell the nuevo pobre by their inability to stand in lines.To sit on hold To fill out the wrong forms three times.To read old magazines in crowded waiting roomsor just sit there because no entertainment is provided.The nuevo pobre expect to have namesthat professionals will remember.They expect to see professionals instead of paras.They think writing a letter from their address does some good.Their tastes are still for the brand new,brand name, baked fresh today.They still think paycheck, not knowingthat dignity is behind them Not knowingsleeping with the roaches is the new normand the police can tell your accounts are overdrawn.Paul HostovskyFORECLOSUREWe took it out backand we beat the stuffing out of it,then we stuffed it, broken, into the backof the car, and dumped its mutilated body at the dump.It felt good to do this After all, the cat had peed on it twice,and the mortgage company had sent another threatening letter,and we felt like kicking the shit out of some bankers but all we could do was sit back downon the couch, and drink another beer,and our helplessness smacked ofcat piss.So we dragged it outsideand bludgeoned it with the sledgehammer.Then we took the axe to its back, its arms and legsand middle, the springs coiled up inside like large and smallintestines spilling out in the yard as we chopped and hacked,breathing hard from the hard work of beatingthe crap out of something you might havecaressed in another life, or anotherhouse, one without a cat witha urinary tract infection,or one withoutan adjustable rate mortgage,an ARM you want to break but can t so you look around for something else to break,and it could be your banker or it could be your cat or it could besomeone you loved in another life, or maybe even in this life.And it feels good to do this But then it beginsto feel like an indiscretion And thenlike a desecration And thenit begins, like a death a death with its ownlife.

  2. says:

    Chock full of good poems including two by yours truly.

  3. says:

    This is a remarkable collection of poetry of witness Honest witness to what these poets see as American society, past and present The co editors acknowledge thematic gaps in the collection No themed anthology could possibly contain every aspect of the theme, especially one dealing with social and political aspects of society The book is arranged in alphabetical order, although there is an index grouping the poems into broad themes such as economy and work, environment, inequality and justice, religion and politics, rise and fall, and violence and war By only quoting from a few poems, it is impossible to do justice to the skill and accomplishment of the poets included in this anthology I can honestly say that there were no poems that left me wondering why they had been chosen This is perhaps a reflection of my own cynical thoughts, as the majority of these poems took shots at various aspects of our society This collection shows us the other side of the story, the side not covered by news reports.Robert S King speaks eloquently about the continuing trauma of a Vietnam vet It s jungle hot and crowded in my mind.Even cold showers respray the Mekongin a monsoon of water shadows and attacking waves.The tub fills with floating bodies,and the ears fill with bullets thumping flesh After the War, the War Andrena Zawinski talks about integration and tells of 2 young schoolgirls, one black, one white, sharing candy.Don t do that the teacher whisperedlike a secret, like a sin, words that traveledfrom a playground of a schoolhouse long razedin Pittsburgh all the way to Charleston Bittersweets for Camellia Several poets tackle the current economic woes in poems about job loss, foreclosure, and increased cost of living If I stretch a dollar far enoughGeorge Washington looks like George Bush In Photoshop, Scott T Starbuck I realize finally I have no marketable skills.Corporations, as it happens, leave orphaned wordson doorstepsalong with those who know how to shelter them Poem for a New Economy, Susan K Stewart You can tell the nuevo pobre by their inability to stand in lines.To sit on hold To fill out the wrong forms three times The New Poor, H Edgar Hix There are poems about recent environmental events Barbara Crooker uses a quote from Kurt Vonnegut as an epigraph to her poem about the Gulf oil spill Dear future generations Please accept our apologies We were rolling drunk on petroleum.The wine dark sea was slick with oil.Pelicans struggled in the viscous surf,foamy waves clotted with tar balls,an obscene green sheen Summer, 2010 Scott Owens paints a clear picture of a 4 year old learning about marriage in his poem Conjugal Rites First the child wants to marry her daddy, then her two brothers, and finally, already thrice denied, she asks if she can marry her best girlfriend.Yes, of course, but only in some places,only where love is not prescribed by law.Many of the poems are openly political Lawrence Kessenich writes about how even poetry can be dangerous in a world full of conspiracy and terrorism But then I think of Adnan in Basra, his poemsexploding like car bombs in the minds of hisconservative countrymen, his flight to London,his exile in a world of poetry as pastime Hazardous Materials In closing, I ask the many other poets to forgive me for not mentioning their work This is an impressive anthology, one I have already returned to several times I am proud to state that 2 of my poems are contained in this collection.

  4. says:

    This book is full of great poems with different views of American society.I also particularly liked the poem Cheap Mangos, it really stuck in my head I ve only given the poems a quick reading at this point but am still going through and spending time with many of the poems I m excited to find so many great poems with unique viewpoints I look forward to looking for work by many of the poets included in this collection I was lucky to receive this book as a firstreads winner.

  5. says:

    I got this book from the giveaway I just finished reading this book and it was great I loved the one about Customer Service and Don t Touch My Stuff My sister even wants to read the book now.

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