Monkey Ranch

Monkey Ranch

Poems

Book - 2012
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Julie Bruck... a mandrill, a middle-aged woman, a shattered Baghdad neighbourhood, a long marriage, even a spoon, grapple with this unanswerable conundrum-sometimes with rage, or plain persistence, sometimes with the furious joy of a dog who gets to ride with his head through a truck's passenger window. Julie Bruck's third book of poetry is a brilliant and unusual blend of pathos and play, of deep seriousness and wildly veering humour. Though Bruck "does not stammer when it's time to speak up," and "will not blink when it's time to stare directly at the uncomfortable," as Cornelius Eady says in his blurb for the book, "in Monkey Ranch she celebrates more than she sighs, and she smartly avoids the shallow trap of mere indignation by infusing her lines with bright, nimble turns, the small, yet indelible detail. Bruck sees everything we do; she just seems to see it wiser. Her poems sing and roil with everything complicated and joyous we human monkeys are."
Publisher: London, Ont. : Brick Books, c2012
Description: 85 p. ; 23 cm
ISBN: 9781926829746
Branch Call Number: 811 Bru

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Nov 07, 2012

there is the daughter, fifteen and not / quite as sullen as she’s going to be

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Nov 07, 2012

Rest here, between / outer and inner doors, full / sun honeying your bones.

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Nov 07, 2012

What gives this day such perfect pitch, / a held note against the usual desolations?

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Nov 07, 2012

The purpose of a prenatal class is to give people / the illusion that they are in charge.

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Nov 07, 2012

Now, when I gaze at my daughter, / she raises her eyes to mine in defiance: / _Stop looking at me_, she’ll growl, and why / am I surprised?

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