They Don't Kill You Because They're Hungry, They Kill You Because They're Full
By Mark Bibbins
(Copper Canyon Press, Paperback, 9781556594588, 106pp.)
Publication Date: March 2014
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"The book's a little crazy, packed with air quotes and brackets, jokes and condemnations, forms that explode across the page. Crazily enough, it's also packed with truth."--NPR
"The voice of this third book from Bibbins is marked and numbed by the onslaught of American media and politics that saturate the Internet, television, radio, and smartphone: 'the way things are going, children/ will have to upgrade to more amusing.' Much like advertisements or news stories vying for viewer's attention, the book intentionally overwhelms, eschewing sections; the author instead differentiates the poems by repetition, creating a sort of echo chamber, similar to the way viral information cycles through social media platforms."--"Publishers Weekly, "starred review
" A] hilarious send-up of contemporary values and an alarm bell of sorts, directing attention to all that is so sinister in our civilization."--"American Poets"
" Bibbins's] associative, oblique technique becomes the perfect table-turning weapon against the culture of mass distraction."--"Boston Review"
The poems in Mark Bibbins's breakthrough third book are formally innovative and socially alert. Roving across the weird human landscape of modern politics, media-exacerbated absurdity, and questionable social conventions, this collection counters dread with wit, chaos with clarity, and reminds us that suffering is "small//compared to what?"
Mark Bibbins teaches in the graduate writing programs at The New School and Columbia University, and edits the poetry section of "The Awl." He lives in New York City.