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Is he talking about botany or hmmm ahhh well now. The very act of reading Steven Ross Smiths fifth volume of his Fluttertongue series draws shock, secret smiles and out-loud exclamations from the most stoic, stuffedshirt readers of poetry. Rife and ribald, his disjunctive prose-poem forms contain stimulation for all five senses. Jumping off the page in explorations of joined oppositions, the richly worded poems reveal beyond-intimate experiences of the physical world, exposing snapshots of human experience and relationships with nature. Personal-impersonal juxtapositions, syntacticstructure and randomness appear here to express primal-scream poetry.
Each page sets a prose poem atop a sly and sensuous moss-like footer that unfolds at the bottom of each page, giving its own experience of winkand-nudge word play. The book becomes a distraction in itself, tempting the reader to peek ahead, disregarding proper book-reading etiquette.
With Smiths irresistible word play and a deep and complex poetic sensibility, Fluttertongue 5 is a rich, rewarding and delightful read.
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