Music and Suicide by Jeff Clark

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Flower on, happy paperwhite
When you bloom you're gorgeous
when you wilt

Jeff Clark's first collection, The Little Door Slides Back, was hailed as an unclassifiable classic in underground American writing: "Remarkable for its liveliness and intelligence" (Chicago Review), "Amazing and ambitious" (Rain Taxi), "a 120-page spell" (American Letters & Commentary), "A happy sadomasochism, a luxuriance of prurience" (Boston Review), "Devoted to the idea of possibility in the poet who operates as free agent, looking to the weather not for the springs of dailiness but for some message from the aether" (Arras), "[Clark's work] creates . . . our own precursors, precursors who behave differently than our supposed avant-garde" (Rhizome).

In Music and Suicide Clark is no longer underground. He moves away from the sinisterism and mask-ridden black humor of his debut, toward new realms of clarity, dissent, and sex. Neither a traditionalist nor an experimentalist-if being one means not being the other-Clark once again is engaged in radically beautiful poem-making, but, as Guy Kyser states, "Something affected him down in the desert."

About Jeff Clark

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Jeff Clark was born in southern California in 1971. The author of three books of poems--The Little Door Slides Back, Arab Rab, and Sun on 6--he lives in Oakland.
Published April 15, 2004 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 80 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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At the center of the book is the prose "Shiva Hive," where the poet responds to a (fake?) unnamed interlocutor's idealizations of the poet-beloved with a theory of Eros that links magnetism, prayer, obsession, recognition, incompleteness and "my mother, who is now emerging from my bedroom doorway...

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