Primer

Primer In his third poetry collection Primer Aaron Smith grapples with the ugly realities of the private self in which desire feels like a trap than fulfillment What is the face we prepare in our public l

  • Title: Primer
  • Author: Aaron Smith
  • ISBN: 9780822964346
  • Page: 304
  • Format: Paperback
  • In his third poetry collection, Primer, Aaron Smith grapples with the ugly realities of the private self, in which desire feels like a trap than fulfillment What is the face we prepare in our public lives to distract others from our private grief Smith s poetry explores that inexplicable tension between what we say and how we actually feel, exposing the complicationIn his third poetry collection, Primer, Aaron Smith grapples with the ugly realities of the private self, in which desire feels like a trap than fulfillment What is the face we prepare in our public lives to distract others from our private grief Smith s poetry explores that inexplicable tension between what we say and how we actually feel, exposing the complications of intimacy and the limitations of language to bridge those distances between friends, family members, and lovers What we deny, in the end, may be just what we actually survive Mortality in Smith s work remains the uncomfortable foundation at the center of our relationship with others, to faith, to art, to love as we grow older, and ultimately, to our own sense of who we are in our bodies in the world The struggle of this book, finally, is in naming whether just what we say we want is enough to satisfy our primal needs, or are the choices we make to stay alive the same choices we make to help us, in so many small ways, to die.

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    1. // Trigger warnings in this book: homophobia, suicide, depression, self-harm //I picked this up and didn't stop reading even when it got heavy. I wanted to know more, to understand better regardless of how some poems were almost painful to read.More than ever I am convinced that everyone who reads and enjoys poetry that's painful is a fucking masochist.

    2. Brave, startling, brutally honest in-your-face poems from a poet who never fails to compel me. There's nothing subtle here. Only an unrelenting insight in what it means to be a gay man, to be a son, and battle the rigors of depression. One of the best of 2016.

    3. Fucking depressing poetry about fucking and depression.Not a complaint. In fact, Smith's third volume is basically all about showing the dark parts of yourself to someone and hoping they don't run away screaming. People with their own dark places -- and who doesn't have those? -- will most likely find these poems comforting, if only because the speaker truly understands how awful things can get in the throes of mental illness. The best of the poems on this theme, "Blue Exits," could probably sav [...]

    4. Sometimes we want to see ourselves in works. In Primer, I see much of myself. The worry, the upsets, the what was I thinking of growing up.

    5. In this breathtaking collection of poetry, Smith tackles a variety of topics such as depression, sex, suicide, death, and family. Each beautifully crafted poem is told through the voice of a gay man but that doesn't keep it from touching the heart of every human who's eyes fall upon this visceral text.

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