Click and Clone
By Elaine Equi
Coffee House Press, Paperback, 9781566892575, 108pp.
Publication Date: March 2011
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Equi’s innovative poems whimsically explore the effects of technology on everyday life.
Whether celebrating clones or revising Led Zeppelin (That stairway only leads half-way to heaven’), Equi melds verse with aphorism, wisdom with wicked playfulness.”Entertainment Weekly
Elaine Equi is one who won’t stay inside the line or outside the line. // I am the line itself,’ she proclaims in the lead poem Follow Me.’ In an age of instant and infinite communication marked by blips, beeps, and tweets, she continues to streamline her unique vision. . . . This troubling topic, seemingly alien to a poetic sensibility, is indicative of Equi’s reach into the future. She also keeps the past magically alive."Brooklyn Rail
Equi’s newest collection is punchy and fast paced; saturated with an urban tang (You Know the Type // A NY guy / in an NY hat / walking an NY dog’). Modern yet staunchly accessible in their quirkiness, her poems feel alive. Nowhere is there a poet / who sings the sanitized decadence of our times,’ Equi writes, though one could argue that her collection comes as close as possible.” Publishers Weekly
Equi’s name-dropping of fellow poets and friends, her use of various formsfrom dialogue script to sonnet to one-line aphoristic phrasegives this collection an energetic charm.”American Poet
Elaine Equi is not a poet’s poet and not a people’s poet, and yet she is both. Her poetry is wry and sparse. Often less than a page, her poems read something like eloquent one-liners that along with laughter effortlessly provoke profundity: a little Wang Wei, a little Frank O’Hara, a little Nicanor Parra, but mostly, just a little.”Guernica
Elaine Equi seems to know all our foibles and, instead of edging toward the door, reports the latest developments with precise, loving equanimity. Her voice is unique: poised, witty, intimate, and somehow interstellar. It’s as if she’s visiting from a future where we all appear transparent. Click and Clone is an electrified pleasure field.” Aram Saroyan
Spick and span, cut and dry, shake and bake, and now Elaine Equi introduces Click and Clone. These poetically altered texts punch wholes into the multiverses of pop and splendor, short and longing, prose and dreams. Equi says that art can no longer imitate life, it just needs to keep up. As they might say at the racetrack, she leads by a verse.”Charles Bernstein