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Family was a whitewashed milk toothed word that couldn’t account for the mother who wept and burnt the roast if the floor was dirty– or if it was Tuesday or there were cloudsWritten in an elouent and searingly honest voice these poems address the pain and pleasure of growing up Courtney ueeney tells intense emotional truths in poetry that is at once personal and universal. Intense and rather heavy if not disturbing but I was completely sucked in There were many beautiful phrases It s largely about painful relationships with family partners and herself I read all the poems in one sitting and will likely read them many times in the future

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Filibuster to Delay a Kiss And Other Poems

An hour And ueeney writes with humor and self doubt of the conflict between desire and the uest to remain true to oneself–I will fly around the world on an airplane until I arrive at calm I will spend my days suspended in air manufacturing a closure Filibuster to Delay a Kiss sounds a new and distinctive note in the symphony of young American poets From the Hardcover editi. I m still on the fence about this book perhaps it doesn t help that I read than half of it in Banjo Jim s waiting for the Bandits gig to start it probably deserves another read before being harshly judged There were a few remarkable poems in here Confession Problems with the Eye notably but the overall effect of the book the weight of the constant authorial I was wearying Also ueeney has a few linguistic tics that probably wouldn t be noticed when her poems are spread out over journals in ones and twos but are very apparent here nerves and kneecaps appear freuently as shorthand for the mind and body respectively

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She exposes the rawness of a complicated relationship with her mother–She mothered the disorder in me this difficulty getting out of bed and dressing like a real human adult trying not to be her daughter–and her attitude toward love expresses both profound longing and erotic dissonance I translate love from the hush of a hung up phone before a body comes to engage me for. Dark Painful After reviewing her bio and some info online including her acuisition of a MFA and various accolades I wonder if she s writing for relief of past experiences or for shock effect I don t know enough of her work or life to make that determination


10 thoughts on “Filibuster to Delay a Kiss And Other Poems

  1. says:

    This book blew away from the very first page First line'Because you are not dead I will continue to visit you'Bold and intense just the way I like my poetry Her poems are bursting with reckless backbone and masterpieces on insomnia

  2. says:

    Here are some very beautiful damaged goods

  3. says:

    Intense and rather heavy if not disturbing but I was completely sucked in There were many beautiful phrases It's largely about painful relationships with family partners and herself I read all the poems in one sitting and will likely read them many times in the future

  4. says:

    Dark Painful After reviewing her bio and some info online including her acuisition of a MFA and various accolades I wonder i

  5. says:

    I am extremely biased because I taught Courtney when she was in high school and she remains one of the two most talented writers I h

  6. says:

    I loved this book I think I discovered Courtney's work on the Poetry Foundation's site and was immediately drawn

  7. says:

    Filibuster to Delay a Kiss has such a strong vision but is far too angsty for me to appreciate ueeney obviously has some talent as a poet—her dicion assonance consonance and the flow of her words create a style that's intentional yet raw and easy to read I admit that I was hooked at the beginning with Elegy fo

  8. says:

    I'm still on the fence about this book perhaps it doesn't help that I read than half of it in Banjo Jim's waiting for the Bandits gig to start; it probably deserves another read before being harshly judged There

  9. says:

    Immensely readable and relatable Most if not all of Courtney ueeney's poems here are about her mother or lovers or both and can best be summed up by The Anti Leading Lady's Self Defense on page 60 Can someone unloved early and thorou

  10. says:

    To read at long last a poet so very near my own age and experience was disturbing eerie exciting and strangely fantastic F

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