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They Don't Kill You Because They're Hungry, They Kill You Because They're Full
Mark Bibbins
$16.00 paperback
978-1-5565-458-8
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They Don't Kill You Because They're Hungry, They Kill You Because They're Full
Mark Bibbins

Honored as a "Best Poetry Book of the Year" by Publishers Weekly

From his sardonic title onward, Mark Bibbins challenges readers with formally innovative and socially alert poems that lay bare the inherent discombobulation of social and individual existence. “If you’re going to carry your gorgeous head around / in a sack,” one poem advises, “let it be / this beige plastic one.” Voices from Pat Robertson to Medusa to Andy Warhol are involved, along with a scathing sense of humor, unmistakable sexuality, and explorations of gender identity. Roving across the weird human landscape, they counter dread with wit, chaos with clarity (and sometimes more chaos), reminding us that the suffering contained in any historical moment is “small // compared to what.”

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Honored as a "Best Poetry Book of the Year" by Publishers Weekly

"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

"Whip-smart and wickedly funny, They Don't Kill You is Bibbins's most authoritative and self-possessed collection to date."—Boston Review

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