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Filibuster to Delay a Kiss And Other Poems

Family was a whitewashed milk toothed word that couldn’t account for the mother who wept and burnt the roast if the floor was dirty– or if it was Tuesday or there were cloudsWritten in an elouent and searingly honest voice these poems address the pain and pleasure of growing up Courtney ueeney tells intense emotional truths in poetry that is at once personal and universal Intense and rather heavy if not disturbing but I was completely sucked in There were many beautiful phrases It s largely about painful relationships with family partners and herself I read all the poems in one sitting and will likely read them many times in the future

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She exposes the rawness of a complicated relationship with her mother–She mothered the disorder in me this difficulty getting out of bed and dressing like a real human adult trying not to be her daughter–and her attitude toward love expresses both profound longing and erotic dissonance I translate love from the hush of a hung up phone before a body comes to engage me for I am extremely biased because I taught Courtney when she was in high school and she remains one of the two most talented writers I have ever come across but I have to agree with Billy Collins who says on the back cover blurb that the poems in this book are both gritty and lyrical two words that simply leap into my head when I remember the pieces that Courtney brought to me during our multitudinous conferences a decade or so ago This is not a book to be inhaled voraciously there is too much depth too much detail too much power in her words and imagery The poems in this book are meant to linger over to let them seep into your soul through the pores of your skin and become part of you Courtney s inaugural volume weaves together an intricately and delicately patterned uilt of word paintings that allow the reader with an openness and candor that would be refreshing if its cumulative impact were not so horrifying to see the impact on her life of her painful youth personal struggles and a mother who emerges in the very first poem as the epitome of dysfunction as well as confused and misdirected searches for identity All of these themes are so sadly universally comprehensible And Courtney s voice already so beautiful in high school is especially poignant in its shoot from the hip bluntness and its charged imageryHer mother s myriad parenting failures are a recurring theme in the book One stunning poem All My Mothers walks the reader through the schizophrenic personality changes Courtney associates with her mother whose character evokes memories of just about every emotion but happinessMy happy mother is caught in yellowing photographsand died when I was bornbut a restless one still prowls the static on my phoneAll of this confusion has apparently left the poet with a less than perfectly healthy self image A recurring title device casts her as the Anti Leading Lady of her own life story Her exploits with men make it clear that she has viewed sex and men as empty disposable and meaningless experiences In the title poem she filibusters by speaking incessantly about anything that pops into her mind including the contents of a cereal box and a list of the noble gases just to delay a kiss though whether the kiss might be a sincere one we never know Maybe nothing at all is sincereStill Courtney s humor shines through persistently and her stunningly beautiful images leap out and grab us In Saint Mother she derisively refers to her mother s church as Our Lady of Guilt For Escaping the Tar Paper Polack Shacks and Our Lady of the Evil Aside In The Anti Leading Lady s Self Defense a poem about dysfunction in love that begins Once upon a time I fell in love an accident with injuries she still manages to come up with a stanza that can arrest the reader with its beautyToday it rained and even the garbagein the courtyard looked scrubbedand the neighbor s windowsill row of sunflowersstretched their necks to the sun drippingand I could have loved anyone at all foreverOf course the next line negates this sentiment for a half hourBut that does nothing to negate the brilliance of Courtney s writing Her sly self derogatory verses mingle with those in which she excoriates her mother so that by the end of the volume we begin to sense that even Courtney does not know how to separate her search for self worth from her need for some kind of closure with her mother The final poem The Light at first seems an odd choice being about neither of the two central themes However in its simple recounting of a painful inflamed thyroid when she was thirteen Courtney manages to leave the reader with the understanding that pain and suffering do end and while we seek their resolutions we remind ourselves that we are waiting for the glow of myself the light at the end of the tunnel उरलं सुरलं [Urla Surla] rawness of a complicated Cock Tales relationship with her mother–She mothered the disorder in me this difficulty getting out of bed and dressing like a Son of the Hero real human adult trying not to be her daughter–and her attitude toward love expresses both profound longing and erotic dissonance I translate love from the hush of a hung up phone before a body comes to engage me for I am extremely biased because I taught Courtney when she was in high school and she The Alien Jigsaw remains one of the two most talented writers I have ever come across but I have to agree with Billy Collins who says on the back cover blurb that the poems in this book are both gritty and lyrical two words that simply leap into my head when I Towards a Comprehensive Theory of Human Learning remember the pieces that Courtney brought to me during our multitudinous conferences a decade or so ago This is not a book to be inhaled voraciously there is too much depth too much detail too much power in her words and imagery The poems in this book are meant to linger over to let them seep into your soul through the pores of your skin and become part of you Courtney s inaugural volume weaves together an intricately and delicately patterned uilt of word paintings that allow the The Illusion of Gods Presence reader with an openness and candor that would be Folk Tales From The Soviet Union refreshing if its cumulative impact were not so horrifying to see the impact on her life of her painful youth personal struggles and a mother who emerges in the very first poem as the epitome of dysfunction as well as confused and misdirected searches for identity All of these themes are so sadly universally comprehensible And Courtney s voice already so beautiful in high school is especially poignant in its shoot from the hip bluntness and its charged imageryHer mother s myriad parenting failures are a Not The Hot Chick recurring theme in the book One stunning poem All My Mothers walks the Pegged and Plugged at the Club reader through the schizophrenic personality changes Courtney associates with her mother whose character evokes memories of just about every emotion but happinessMy happy mother is caught in yellowing photographsand died when I was bornbut a Tunnel Through Time restless one still prowls the static on my phoneAll of this confusion has apparently left the poet with a less than perfectly healthy self image A Game of Bimbofication, Part 3 recurring title device casts her as the Anti Leading Lady of her own life story Her exploits with men make it clear that she has viewed sex and men as empty disposable and meaningless experiences In the title poem she filibusters by speaking incessantly about anything that pops into her mind including the contents of a cereal box and a list of the noble gases just to delay a kiss though whether the kiss might be a sincere one we never know Maybe nothing at all is sincereStill Courtney s humor shines through persistently and her stunningly beautiful images leap out and grab us In Saint Mother she derisively Game of Bimbofication, Part 2 refers to her mother s church as Our Lady of Guilt For Escaping the Tar Paper Polack Shacks and Our Lady of the Evil Aside In The Anti Leading Lady s Self Defense a poem about dysfunction in love that begins Once upon a time I fell in love an accident with injuries she still manages to come up with a stanza that can arrest the Sermons Preached Upon Several Occasions, Vol. 1 of 5 reader with its beautyToday it The Fatima Century rained and even the garbagein the courtyard looked scrubbedand the neighbor s windowsill Leah Starrs Revenge row of sunflowersstretched their necks to the sun drippingand I could have loved anyone at all foreverOf course the next line negates this sentiment for a half hourBut that does nothing to negate the brilliance of Courtney s writing Her sly self derogatory verses mingle with those in which she excoriates her mother so that by the end of the volume we begin to sense that even Courtney does not know how to separate her search for self worth from her need for some kind of closure with her mother The final poem The Light at first seems an odd choice being about neither of the two central themes However in its simple Pieces 8 (Pieces, recounting of a painful inflamed thyroid when she was thirteen Courtney manages to leave the Time Flies and Other Short Plays reader with the understanding that pain and suffering do end and while we seek their Fall (VIP Book 3) (English Edition) resolutions we Drawing Dead (Faolan OConnor Book 1) remind ourselves that we are waiting for the glow of myself the light at the end of the tunnel

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An hour And ueeney writes with humor and self doubt of the conflict between desire and the uest to remain true to oneself–I will fly around the world on an airplane until I arrive at calm I will spend my days suspended in air manufacturing a closure Filibuster to Delay a Kiss sounds a new and distinctive note in the symphony of young American poets From the Hardcover editi Filibuster to Delay a Kiss has such a strong vision but is far too angsty for me to appreciate ueeney obviously has some talent as a poet her dicion assonance consonance and the flow of her words create a style that s intentional yet raw and easy to read I admit that I was hooked at the beginning with Elegy for My Mother Motherwho whines like a curat my back doorbegging to be let in p4 however I m not sure whether it s impressive or disappointing that the author is able to sustain such vitriol throughout the entire book There are dozens of poems about her mommy issues and her need to have meaningless sex with unidentified distant males There are a couple of other oddball poems like Vestigial which describes a woman vivisecting herself and The Current Courtney Ann ueeney in which she narcissistically refers to herself in the third person I m not sure whether she was going for shock value or if she needed a monument for her emotional baggage Either way I m not broken enough for this collection to resonate with me Poems that I likedElegy for My Mother Love Song of the Insomniac and the Narcoleptic 242 48% poems that I liked


10 thoughts on “Filibuster to Delay a Kiss And Other Poems

  1. says:

    This book blew away from the very first page First line'Because you are not dead I will continue to visit you'Bold and intense just the way I like my poetry Her poems are bursting with reckless backbone and masterpieces on insomnia The writing is spectacular And she's got a lot to say about her mother ; 'I just want to write onceWhen she died I lost my fearthat I would inherit her shadowthread on my mother's

  2. says:

    Here are some very beautiful damaged goods

  3. says:

    Intense and rather heavy if not disturbing but I was completely sucked in There were many beautiful phrases It's largely about painful relationships with family partners and herself I read all the poems in one sitt

  4. says:

    Dark Painful After reviewing her bio and some info online including her acuisition of a MFA and various accolades I wonder if she's writing for relief of past experiences or for shock effect I don't know enough of

  5. says:

    I am extremely biased because I taught Courtney when she was in high school and she remains one of the two most talented writers I have ever come across but I have to agree with Billy Collins who says on the back cover blurb that the poems in this book are both gritty and lyrical two words that simply leap into

  6. says:

    I loved this book I think I discovered Courtney's work on the Poetry Foundation's site and was immediately drawn

  7. says:

    Filibuster to Delay a Kiss has such a strong vision but is far too angsty for me to appreciate ueeney obviously has some talent as a poet—her dicion assonance consonance and the flow of her words create a style

  8. says:

    I'm still on the fence about this book perhaps it doesn't help that I read than half of it in Banjo Jim's waiting for the Bandits gig to start; it probably deserves another read before being harshly judged There

  9. says:

    Immensely readable and relatable Most if not all of Courtney ueeney's poems here are about her mother or lovers or both and can best be summed up by The Anti Leading Lady's Self Defense on page 60 Can someone unloved early and thoroughly love back All those studies about infants untouched by their mothers The someone is the speaker

  10. says:

    To read at long last a poet so very near my own age and experience was disturbing eerie exciting and strangely fantastic Favorites Saint Mother Conviction Filibuster to Delay a Kiss and Invitation

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