Why Things Burn: Poems

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Soft Skull, 2001 - Poetry - 125 pages
8 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

Review: Why Things Burn

User Review  - Wendy White - Goodreads

Visceral, powerful anger in some of these poems - those were the ones I identified with/felt the strongest (hm). You really need to read it aloud in your head for maximum impact, given them a voice ... Read full review

About the author (2001)

Daphne Gottlieb lives in San Francisco.

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