Crush by Richard Siken

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Read Crush Online Free - Richard Siken’s Crush, selected as the 2004 winner of the Yale Younger Poets prize, is a powerful collection of poems driven by obsession and love. Siken writes with ferocity, and his reader hurtles unstoppably with him. His poetry is confessional, gay, savage, and charged with violent eroticism. In the world of American poetry, Siken's voice is striking. In her introduction to the book, competition judge Louise Glück hails the “cumulative, driving, apocalyptic power, [and] purgatorial recklessness” of Siken’s poems. She notes, “Books of this kind dream big. . . . They restore to poetry that sense of crucial moment and crucial utterance which may indeed be the great genius of the form.”

Title : Crush
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ISBN : 0300107897
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 62 pages


Kirstine rated it ★★★★★

December 02, 2017

"and the gentleness that comes, not from the absence of violence, but despite the abundance of it." I read Richard Siken's poem "Wishbone" on the internet. I read it once and closed the page. The next day I was painfully aware I couldn't leave it behind. That my mind kept circling back to his words....

Nick rated it ★★★★★

July 26, 2007

I felt like I had the wind knocked out of me after I read this. There's a thread of a story here, but it's abstract and shadowed. Almost a ghost of a story. What's left are the raw emotions of the actual experience, which is what great poetry is: distilling the massive events that make up a life...

Kenny rated it ★★★★★

August 16, 2017

"Tell me about the dream where we pull the bodies out of the lake and dress them in warm clothes again. How it was late, and no one could sleep, the horses running until they forget that they are horses. It's not like a tree where the roots have to end somewhere, it's more like a song on a policema...

C rated it ★★☆☆☆

June 23, 2015

Ugh why does everyone love this book? Siken, the winner of the 2004 Yale Series, is clearly a capable poet, and there were a few moments in this collection that were beautiful and lucid. Otherwise, though, the poems are so overblown (too many words going in too many directions) and drowning in im...

Vishous rated it ★★★★★

January 20, 2016

When I started reading this I couldn't believe what I got myself into. I am not a poetry fan so some parts at the beginning cracked me up and I tried to find some sense in them and I failed. But later... Some parts... Most parts ... Literally broke my heart... And for those parts I am giving this 5...

Whitney rated it ★★★☆☆

April 22, 2017

Once again, I return to rating poetry on a scale of "how much of it did I understand?" This one's language is easy to follow and the entire thing is comprehensive and you can really see the emotions and angst, but still, I couldn't find any deeper meanings in the poems. Perhaps I couldn't relate...

Patrick rated it ★★★★★

July 12, 2007

SIken's Crush, his first book which also won the Yale Young Poets' award in 2004, is one of he most complete works of poetry I've come across in years. He uses the pacing of his long line to slow time, and create a darker atmosphere within the verse, where shadows move from walls and creep along...

anna rated it ★★★★★

November 03, 2017

i wish i could read it for the first time again i say but what i mean is i wish i could read it without crying for once anyway it's pretty cool how in most cases u can basically guess that the person is straight™ if they claim they 1) don't understand why blood & death r such a prominent theme...

'hayat rated it ★★★★★

May 02, 2013

(I read this sleepless and aching. I've read parts of this book separately and reading it whole now takes me to places I thought I left, a previous lover read to me a poem by him, I've read lines of the book once so many times that some days of mine were titled by some of these verses. By the end...

Daniel rated it ★★★★★

February 17, 2017

Do you remember Prometheus? That thief of fire who was bound to the rock in order for the vulture to pick at his liver, every day? That liver grew back every day for the sole purpose of being eaten again. The liver wasn’t helpful to Prometheus, it was only a source of pain. Can you imagine what it...

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