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I bought this book used, I think, then let it lie around in to read stacks for a few years, until finally, when I decided on some impulse to read it this summer, it is 30 years old These 30 years have not turned it into a relic In fact, they are eerily relevant.These poems cover the rise and reign of Ronald Reagan, and Donald Trump is the culmination of the cultural and economic Gospel According to Ronald Reagan as interpreted by Mitch McConnell Listen here to poem 7 of a long anthology poe I bought this book used, I think, then let it lie around in to read stacks for a few years, until finally, when I decided on some impulse to read it this summer, it is 30 years old These 30 years have not turned it into a relic In fact, they are eerily relevant.These poems cover the rise and reign of Ronald Reagan, and Donald Trump is the culmination of the cultural and economic Gospel According to Ronald Reagan as interpreted by Mitch McConnell Listen here to poem 7 of a long anthology poem, called Two Headed Poems Our leaderis a man of waterwith a tinfoil skin he traps words.They shrivel in his mouth,he leaves the skin Why should we complain He is ours and us,we made himOr section two of Solstice Poems All politicians are amateurwars bloom in their heads like flowerson wallpaper, pins strut in their napes.Power is wine with lunchand the right pinstripesThere are no amateur soldiers I love that line break at flowers, turning the natural into the manufactured, three dimensions to two Or from the Woman Makes Peace with her Faulty Heart How many times have I told youThe civilized world is a zoo,not a jungle, stay in your cage.I ll confess that these quotations come from one book Others haveof a twinkle, less of a wicked gleam in the eye I ll confess that I pulled these quotes because they do seem prophetic, but I could pull quotes all day lines that stop you in your tracks It s better, of course, to read the whole poem, the whole Selection, and weep that we did not heed their message Atwood s novels are some of my favorites Her poems are just as good Long ago I was reading Mary Daly s Gynocology and the weight of its content had me bouncing off the walls of my little apartment and my exploding brain I inarticulately mentioned this to the dykes next door and one of them said hey have you read this Such comfort in her precise and metered rage and grief, her helpless tenderness, her wry and self doubting devotion to love The woman who wrote these poems was so clearly living open eyed in the world Daly described, never denying the relationship Long ago I was reading Mary Daly s Gynocology and the weight of its content had me bouncing off the walls of my little apartment and my exploding brain I inarticulately mentioned this to the dykes next door and one of them said hey have you read this Such comfort in her precise and metered rage and grief, her helpless tenderness, her wry and self doubting devotion to love The woman who wrote these poems was so clearly living open eyed in the world Daly described, never denying the relationship between her warm kitchen and the warfare in the street.Immersing oneself in mundane horrific truth is changed in every way by companionship, by a fellow witness I was taking it all in pretty much alone and raising a daughter Atwood was my companion I did not need anyone to say it would change, I just needed someone to say yes i see it too speak when you are ready i am speaking now for both of us. I like the way that Atwood strips her poems down to their uncompromising voice a direct hit, usually, at the big organizations stress on the ORGANs, as in phallocracy that attempt to define us and by us, I think she means meant women, cis women of the 1970s So, yeah She s writing the universal feminist outcry poems that have been vexed by their boxed in whiteness, their middle classness, their Westerness Oh Wait She s writing for me To me Okay.And that s why I like her poetry I like the way that Atwood strips her poems down to their uncompromising voice a direct hit, usually, at the big organizations stress on the ORGANs, as in phallocracy that attempt to define us and by us, I think she means meant women, cis women of the 1970s So, yeah She s writing the universal feminist outcry poems that have been vexed by their boxed in whiteness, their middle classness, their Westerness Oh Wait She s writing for me To me Okay.And that s why I like her poetry it s direct, it s uncompromising, it s stripped, and it s sometimes mean In Porcupine Meditation, the poet narrator compares herself to an aging porcupine I squat and stink, thinking peace and quiet are worth something.Here I am, dogs,nose me over,go away sneezing, snouts full of barbshooking their way to your brain.Now you ve got someof my pain Much good may it do you.See what I mean I d love to hook my way to someone s brain with some of my pain Because sometimes a poem is all it takes for me to come undone For years and years, this poem Always.The Woman Who Could Not Live With Her Faulty Heart Margaret AtwoodI do not mean the symbolof love, a candy shapeto decorate cakes with,the heart that is supposedto belong or break I mean this lump of musclethat contracts like a flayed biceps,purple blue, with its skin of suet,its skin of gristle, this isolate,this caved hermit, unshelledturtle, this one lungful of blood,no happy plateful.All hea Because sometimes a poem is all it takes for me to come undone For years and years, this poem Always.The Woman Who Could Not Live With Her Faulty Heart Margaret AtwoodI do not mean the symbolof love, a candy shapeto decorate cakes with,the heart that is supposedto belong or break I mean this lump of musclethat contracts like a flayed biceps,purple blue, with its skin of suet,its skin of gristle, this isolate,this caved hermit, unshelledturtle, this one lungful of blood,no happy plateful.All hearts float in their owndeep oceans of no light,wetblack and glimmering,their four mouths gulping like fish.Hearts are said to pound this is to be expected, the heart sregular struggle against being drowned.But most hearts say, I want, I want,I want, I want My heartisduplicitous,though to twin as I once thought.It says, I want, I don t want, Iwant, and then a pause.It forces me to listen,and at night it is the infra redthird eye that remains openwhile the other two are sleepingbut refuses to say what it has seen.It is a constant pesteringin my ears, a caught moth, limping drum,a child s fist beatingitself against the bedsprings I want, I don t want.How can one live with such a heart Long ago I gave up singingto it, it will never be satisfied or lulled.One night I will say to it Heart, be still,and it will Another great oneI loved Atwood s writing style, her poetry is so dark and beautiful Quickly becoming one of my favourite writers Both poems and stories This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Meredith lent me this book when I was looking for poetry for Book Bingo earlier this year I ended up reading another book I had borrowed from the library, for reasons that always sound a little insane even to me But having flipped through the book when she first handed it to me, I saw some things that looked interesting and I really wanted to read it I was not disappointed I m much for poetry, honestly, but nearly of all these poems felt like they had a texture or a feel to them I could u Meredith lent me this book when I was looking for poetry for Book Bingo earlier this year I ended up reading another book I had borrowed from the library, for reasons that always sound a little insane even to me But having flipped through the book when she first handed it to me, I saw some things that looked interesting and I really wanted to read it I was not disappointed I m much for poetry, honestly, but nearly of all these poems felt like they had a texture or a feel to them I could usually visualize the subject of the poem in my head, and make connections between them I didn t always exactly enjoy them, but many of them made me think of other things, some in a new perspective, and I can appreciate that There were a few that I d definitely read over again, and a couple that I read aloud to my husband, just because they were interesting and one because he was there and I like reading aloud.I definitely would readof Atwood s poetry.Also, as a note to myself, I must sit down with Mere one day and ask her about her notes and underlines I m going to have to buy Atwood s poetry collections It was too hard to digest as a library loan I think Atwood is just amazing, and I am forever grateful to my college friend Judy for introducing me to her. A collection of poems from Two Headed Poems, True Stories and Interlunar, with seventeen new poems Revisiting old friends is always fun The new ones seem to cover a variety of themes on death, musings about aging and mortality and I find it amusing that the now mid 70s Atwood felt compelled to write these in her 40s I can t help wondering what her current self would have to say to that self There are also a lot of gruesome images here of death and war which are not pleasant reading Wer A collection of poems from Two Headed Poems, True Stories and Interlunar, with seventeen new poems Revisiting old friends is always fun The new ones seem to cover a variety of themes on death, musings about aging and mortality and I find it amusing that the now mid 70s Atwood felt compelled to write these in her 40s I can t help wondering what her current self would have to say to that self There are also a lot of gruesome images here of death and war which are not pleasant reading Werewolf Movies was very funny, did it mean to be Men who imagine themselves covered with fur and sproutingfangs, why do they do that Could then freely growl, and tacklewomen carrying groceriesDress ups for boys, some last escapefrom having to be lawyers From How to Tell One Country from Another How many clothes you have to take offbefore you can make love.From Another Elegy Even leaves are liquidarrested To dieis to dry, lose juice,the sweet pulp sucked out To enterthe time of rind and stone. `Kindle ↜ Selected Poems II: 1976 - 1986 ↜ Celebrated as a major novelist throughout the English speaking world, Atwood has also written eleven volumes of poetry Houghton Mifflin is proud to have published SELECTED POEMS,, a volume of selections from Atwood s poetry of that decade