01 - Cow Tippers by Linda Simone May 17, 2008 11:43:43 GMT 2
Post by moira on May 17, 2008 11:43:43 GMT 2
"I think of William Carlos Williams with Simone’s poem “Plum” and of Billy Collins’ humor
with “Poetry Daily,” wherein the speaker is sent
under the bed
for the poem that got away."
-- Shaun Perkins, WomenWriters.net
Novocain deadens pain.
Close your eyes and that man –
masked and wielding ancient torture tools –
disappears, although the whirr
of the drill still gives goose flesh.
In your mouth, a wide drain pipe,
does he read teeth like tea leaves?
Expose your sweet tooth from a smudge
of decay? Judge your age by gums
that, like a hairline, recede?
If they fish you
out of the river, all bloat and rot,
sludge clinging like dead roots,
he’s the one who will prove
past all doubt
who you are.
Reviews for Cow Tippers:
"Every line in this award-winning chapbook is a unique illumination of the truth; every poem is genuine and, most importantly, moving."
-- Kevin Pilkington, author of Ready to Eat the Sky (River City Press)
"The everyday visions and thoughts in Cow Tippers are memorable because Linda Simone writes poetry everyone can understand and appreciate. Words and sounds are skillfully combined for maximum impact as she recreates the world around her. This chapbook is highly recommended."
-- Laurel Johnson, Midwest Book Review
"In "Root Canal" that last verse just kills me: “all bloat and rot” oh so wonderful, sludging clinging."
-- David Shair
About the author:
Linda Simone award-winning work includes a chapbook, Cow Tippers, (2006
Shadow Poetry Biannual Chapbook Competition). Her 15-poem sequence,
“Stations of the Cross,” appearing in Alternatives to Surrender, was
nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals
and anthologies, including Octavo, Cezanne’s Carrot, Potomac Review and
Essential Love. Her essays have been published in the New York Times, and
most recently, on the Italian Americana website, Foods of Affection. She is
Associate Director of Manhattanville College’s Graduate Writing Program and
advises on Inkwell, the College’s literary journal.
ISBN 978-1-932447-57-6, 20 pages (19 poems), $10.00
Shadows Ink Publications, 2006
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