Vice: New and Selected Poems

by Ai

Paperback, 2000

Status

Available

Genres

Publication

W. W. Norton & Company, (2000)

Description

"Collected here are poems from Ai's previous five books - Cruelty, Killing Floor, Sin, Fate, and Greed - along with seventeen new poems. Employing her trademark force, these new dramatic monologues continue to mine this award-winning poet's fierce vision. In Ai's world, desire has no boundaries. Known as the foremost poet of urban terror, part African American, Asian American, and Native American, Ai takes the reader on a journey into the heart, torn from the bared chests of the living and sacrificed to the ravenous dead."--BOOK JACKET.

User reviews

LibraryThing member plenilune
Ai is the master of persona poetry. I prefer the work in Vice that comes from her earlier collections. It is blunt, bold, and true to each persona. In the latter works, she uses more rhyme, mainly of the internal and slant varieties, that to me feels disingenuous with both the subject matter and the speaker. A possible exception to that is in the poem (and forgive me if I don't have this title exactly right as I don't have the book in front of me) "Paparazzi" where it works to light-speed staccato effect. Overall a stunning collection demonstrative of a stunning (and missed!) talent.… (more)
LibraryThing member KimSalyers
did not enjoy any of these poems in this book
LibraryThing member KimSalyers
did not enjoy any of these poems in this book

Language

Original language

English

Barcode

10243
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