Why Things Burn: Poems

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Soft Skull, 2001 - Poetry - 125 pages
5 Reviews
A book of fierce, original poetry by one of San Francisco's leading poets and performers. It is educated without being didactic, lyrical without being doggerel, passionate without being over the top and sexy without being prurient. It is everything poetry should be, without many of the things that poetry unfortunately is. These pieces work both in performance and on the page. They tackle sexuality, lesbian issues, rape, modern urban living, and the author's Jewish heritage, with a sometimes kooky but always sophisticated view of life.

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User Review  - greeniezona - LibraryThing

A re-read prompted by my traipse through my poetry shelf to catalog for goodreads. An acquisition from the period when I was obsessed with Soft Skull Books. One of the few books I lent to Jessa that I ... Read full review

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User Review  - Chris LaMay-West - Goodreads

I started reading this collection of poems a few years back, but never got around to finishing it. I guess it just wasn't the time, but I'm glad I returned. These poems are excellent, searing, and ... Read full review

About the author (2001)

Daphne Gottlieb lives in San Francisco.

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