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Stacy Doris writes
that her extraordinary book is very conservative. Who's she kidding? And
why? Is it because her themes are love and poetic form and its heroes
her husband and the palindrome? Doris's treatment of her themes and forms
is radically different from poem to poem and most contemporary practice.
Maybe her cornucopia's conservative because her themes, references and
characters were inspired by Euro-American literature and other culture,
ancient and modern, "high" and "low"--Ovid and St.
John of the Cross; D.H. Lawrence and Harper's Bazaar; Mozart, Joyce,
and Michael Jackson. Such conservatism yields the most radical works.
As if that mattered.
--Jackson Mac Low
A box of prosodic bonbons with exploding centers, offering the burst of
intensity only artificial flavors can provide. Shimmering with assonances
and anagrams, Stacy Doris's latest technical marvel comes stacked with
Warnings to Daughters, battle scenes, a Pull-Out Bonus for girls and truly
excellent gore--yielding remarkable new insights into our culture's fascination
with the perpetual interplays between aggression and love. Paramour
works like the best of highly-engineered lipsticks: compact, sexy, and
always a little scary, it encourages kissing but won't kiss off. I'm completetly
This is a handbook with a ravenous audacity instructing and warning doubly
how to halve a narcissus. Her extra-convial form hinges to receive what
is tender: Ms. Doris' is the authentically cosmetic craft. Nothing else
is new thus.