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"There is a sense / in which / you are interfering"
Universe is a long poem about exemplarity. Here, for example, hair-cutting, the wearing of hats, and soviet bacilli stand in for questions about consent, social conventions, and racism. Taking these substitutions largely from texts on moral philosophy, the poem rewrites them in and out of their original contexts. In this new, all-the-more exemplary world of pushing and shoving, someone has wronged someone. But who? The revenge is combinatory, and the lines are short.Excerpt ˇ
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If you stop me
there is a sense
you are interfering.
But, since you are entitled
whether I cut your hair
or not, you do not
I make your trip to the store a waste.
I buy the last quart of milk
- 03.03.15 | Diana Hamilton's Universe reviewed in New Pages
News and Reviews
Praise for previous work:—Jordan Davis
From the apology for feeling in the Radioheadesque title to the ungoogleable narrative that closes the book, Okay, Okay is resolutely not an invitation to share an inside joke or an appeal to intellectual vanity. The feelings may be borrowed, quoted, distorted and inverted; they may take time to come into focus; nevertheless, they are real and strange and there every time the book falls open.
Her poetry—almost all of which is in rendered in prose, almost all of which is one-dimensional in the best possible sense of that word—forces Okay, Okay’s reader to examine and reexamine what is surely one of the most primal, instinctive of mammalian acts.—Jeff Alessandrelli