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Kissing Other People Or the House of Fame
Kissing Other People Or the House of Fame | Kay Gabriel
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A book in two halves, Kissing Other People or the House of Fame opens with a sequence of poems that roam the grotty, sublime streets: patting rats, reading pamphlets, enduring labour, acquiring falafel, waving to friends. Then the book flips on a seam and invokes Chaucer as an unlikely guide through a series of dream-blocks, each autonomous yet resonant with attachments and perversions as they come and go, repeat and echo. The book is as staunch as it is warm - one arm extended in a hug and the other cupped over the mouth to shield a secret (weapon).
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This is a Marmite book. You‘re either going to love what the poet did or you‘re gonna feel like you wasted your time. In my case, the latter is true. I‘m also annoyed that I used one of my #hoopla borrows on it. It was 47 pages long. If I remember correctly, there were 6 poems in it that were followed by a 20+ page dream journal. If you want to read 20+ pages of someone else‘s dreams, then this is the book for you. It‘s well written. However, ⬇️

slategreyskies I did NOT want to read 20+ pages of someone else‘s dreams. I wanted to read poetry. I checked this out, because I thought it was a book of poems. Since it‘s not what I thought I was getting, it was a huge disappointment. But again, it‘s well written. It‘s just not what I would call poetry. ⭐️⭐️ 1mo
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