81 Austerities

Austerities Witty comic plaintive touching acerbic droll cavalier caffeinated irreverent stringent Austerities the debut from Sam Riviere seems to achieve the impossible in being all things at once

  • Title: 81 Austerities
  • Author: Sam Riviere
  • ISBN: 9780571289035
  • Page: 389
  • Format: Paperback
  • Witty, comic, plaintive, touching, acerbic, droll, cavalier, caffeinated, irreverent, stringent 81 Austerities, the debut from Sam Riviere, seems to achieve the impossible in being all things at once Initially conceived as a response to the austerity measures implemented by the coalition government in 2011, the poems quickly began taking on a life in kind cutting thWitty, comic, plaintive, touching, acerbic, droll, cavalier, caffeinated, irreverent, stringent 81 Austerities, the debut from Sam Riviere, seems to achieve the impossible in being all things at once Initially conceived as a response to the austerity measures implemented by the coalition government in 2011, the poems quickly began taking on a life in kind cutting themselves on levels of sentiment, structure and even subject matter Not content to merely build a series of freethinking poems, these remarkable pieces seem eagerly and mischievously to analyze their moment of creation, then weigh their worth, then consign their excess to the recycling bin thereafter Experience is speedy, the poems seem to say, so dizzyingly fast that the poetry will inevitably be running to catch up often arriving at a scene the moment after the moment has gone The effect is as funny and it is startling, beguiling as it is surprising, and makes 81 Austerities a vivid reminder that deprivation, as Leonard Cohen put it, can be the mother of poetry.

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    1. I'm in two minds about this collection. Part of that is down to the sheer number of poems in the collection; some are going to be better than others. The other part is down to something which I am going to call The Tao Lin Problem.Tao Lin has written some things I enjoy. They use the grammar, literal material and emotions borne from an internet-enabled culture. Tao Lin has also written some things I enjoy less. These are the ones that expose the shallowness of insights into something 99% of read [...]

    2. really like these, i like how the the turn of his phrases, images that are beautiful but are never trite, each feels whole in and of themselves, like a dream sequencethey were all interesting but the ones i liked best were the ones speaking about a relationship/another person, felt like i could strongly relate to thosethis is my favourite one NO TOUCHING I would like to ruin your lifelet it not be said I lack the necessaryimagination to be jealousI would ask you to tell no-one about usand if you [...]

    3. These poems were fun to read. More often than not, there was a line or an image that inspired an idea, made me crack a smile, or just got a nod of appreciation. I didn't read this as closely as I sometimes read poetry, but I think the style of poems invite that. "you do not need to shout / a poem that is pretty much / the definition of a poem"From "Time Please"

    4. A lot of people seem to like this collection so I feel kind of bad about hating it, but it came across as a young, sexually frustrated boy who read some poetry and thought he'd have a go, I don't know if Riviere is trying to be edgy or what but frankly it made me cringe.

    5. 81 Austerities came highly recommended by someone whose opinion I respect so I'll revisit later in case. But for now, I found is dull.

    6. Young, witty and often profound. A poetry collection that combines everyday observations with a feeling of loss and puzzlement. One to dip into again and again.

    7. I think I'm going to decide not to rate poetry or short story collections any more because what does a rating mean when there is so much diversity between two covers? I suppose it's my assessment of the quality of the compilation? Anyway, I don't feel qualified to rate this collection. The whole volume reminded me of that part in Fight Club where Brad Pitt asks Edward Norton "How's that working out for you, being clever?"I learned a lot about poetry.I read it for an hour on the train and felt co [...]

    8. «funny, ok, but have we had enough about poetry? I mean it will amuse other students of poetry but, to adopt a voice I didn't know I possessed, I doubt it means jackshit out there»

    9. "this is me having my extremely nuanced feelings / overwhelmed by pop music and kind of enjoying it"funny, playful, curious poems for the selfie generation, but a little hit-and-miss. can sometimes feel like the reading equivalent of overhearing an in-joke you're not privvy to.

    10. Social commentary on life, death and modernity, implemented by the coalition government in 2011. Mixture of topical and observational poems.

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