Dec. 16 – A.E. Stallings – LIKE: Poems [Advent Calendar]

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December 16

 

Like:
Poems

A.E. Stallings

 
Hardback: FSG Books, 2018
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LIKE is a beautiful, perfectly synthesized conflation of the modern and ancient world, filled with so much mythology and culture that it is almost impossible to know where to begin in describing it.  Consider the following opening lines from the poem “Like, the Sestina”:

Now we’re all “friends,” there is no love but Like,
A semi-demi-goddess, something like
A reality-TV-star look-alike,
Named Simile or Me Two.  So we like
In order to be liked.

“Like” is ubiquitous.  It fills space, stalls for time, modifies and softens descriptions, makes comparisons.  It represents our overpowering need to be well-thought of, to be received favorably but with less commitment than love.  Here, Stallings invites us to question our culture and our language, and she does so by offering commentary on the small gods and goddesses that we make out of everyday things.

 
 

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