Can You Relax in My House

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Fence, 2002 - Poetry - 62 pages
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An isolate, protracted surrealism attaches languidly to objects, animals, and emotion in Michael E. Craig's poems of semi-rural outlandishness. Profundity takes its rightful place in the shallow arena: "You can't step out of your tragedy, it wouldn't be a tragedy./ Neither can I./ Together we walk/ and think thoughts in a cornfield. . . ./ A thing cries out from the interior of corn." The reader is embroiled in textural exposition, encountering dark recessions of realism against the relief of interior truth: "Today you strike me as needing something./ So take my ten-thousand-pound typewriter . . . / . . . For here is an older,/ other world, taking almost forty sheep to make one sock./ A serious mist fills my eye. You/ have made me cry." Winsome, ominous vapors arise from the combustion of "dreamish, autobiographical thoughts" with their counterpart, the cosmic laughter provoked by close observation. "A man had been out walking with a very long cigar./ As he passed by me, closely, I could see it/ was actually an eight-inch-long ash/ that he had, perched beautifully between his/ fingers. And that he had passed away./ And that his eyes were gone from his head."

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User Review  - Rachel Glaser - Goodreads

Not as magical as Thin Kimono, but had a great read seeing where this genius started off. Sublime! Read full review

Review: Can You Relax in My House

User Review  - Goodreads

Not as magical as Thin Kimono, but had a great read seeing where this genius started off. Sublime! Read full review

Contents

Section 1
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Section 2
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Section 3
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About the author (2002)

Michael Earl Craig is the author of THIN KIMONO (Wave Books 2010), YES, MASTER (Fence Books, 2006), and CAN YOU RELAX IN MY HOUSE (Fence Books, 2002). He has published poems in Verse, VOLT, JUBILAT, CutBank, The Iowa Review, Dunes Review, and Provincetown Arts, as well as the Verse Press/Wave Books anthology ISN'T IT ROMANTIC: 100 LOVE POEMS BY YOUNGER AMERICAN POETS (2004). He is a Certified Journeyman Farrier and lives near Livingston, Montana, where he shoes horses for a living.

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