Olena Kalytiak Davis
- Title: Shattered Sonnets Love Cards and Other Off and Back Handed Importunities
- Author: Olena Kalytiak Davis
- ISBN: 9781582343525
- Page: 178
- Format: Hardcover
In her stunning second collection, poet Olena Kalytiak Davis confirms her reputation as a breathtaking verbal acrobat, a daredevil on the high wire of life and love Her deeply personal poems echo everything from nursery rhymes to classics, revealing poetry buried in ordinary speech Whether remonstrating with a former lover or evoking her young children, the poet who reveIn her stunning second collection, poet Olena Kalytiak Davis confirms her reputation as a breathtaking verbal acrobat, a daredevil on the high wire of life and love Her deeply personal poems echo everything from nursery rhymes to classics, revealing poetry buried in ordinary speech Whether remonstrating with a former lover or evoking her young children, the poet who reveals herself here is appealingly vulnerable yet gutsy, by turns blunt and tender With dexterity and wit she stretches language to the wildest boundaries of poetic possibility hers is a voice intimate and assured, her observations of the world delivered in love notes addressed to us all did I mention my first kiss was extractedby someone who never should have been thatlucky From Keep Some Stuff for Yourself
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Person interviewing OKD: You use space in many inspired and unique ways. Words run together -- "forgoodisthelifeendingfitandfaithfully." Broken apart -- "Hall /-ucinated." Otherwise altered --"thekingmyfather'swrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrack." How do you make these decisions? OKD: How do we make any decisions? I mean, in the same way we/I make any decisions. Logic. Aesthetics. Discretion. Permission. Mood. Feelings. Luck. The same way you pick a pink t-shirt over a blue one. Vodka over gin. Free verse ov [...]
O, to be stung by an errant bee. O, to sting.O, to see you again. Covered in spring.
Olena Kalytiak Davis is involved in a torrid love affair. This woman loves words like nobody's business. It's almost frightening. I almost think these poems should be read aloud, not ever just read. It should come with a recording of someone reading them. Davis relies on a lot of rhymes and a lot of variations of words. Occasionally, it's difficult to finish some of these poems, because I spent so much time trying to figure out what she was attempting to stay. By the end of it, though, I kind of [...]
In an age of literature that seems to be all about niceness and empathy and sugary confessionalism, I respect Davis's uncompromising blunt-force poetry. "I pack, unpack my orange streaked,My freakèd heart. With me I bringMy prosthetic soul. Under the newly dis-asteringStars I dis-limn, dis-orb, dis-robe."No wonder Kalytiak operates at the margins. Her poems are toxic, disturbing things, and so very beautiful.
I liked a number of poems in the middle. People told me I would. Maybe the way the voice reverses direction line by line. & the whole book has a certain rare propulsiveness, all 125pgs of it. But the first and last sections felt like just screwing around--obligatory setting up and breaking down of themes--devotion, love--wearing the sonnet on the sleeve. Berrigan references were interesting. Interesting that other clear antecedents were left out--Berryman, cummings.
Olena Kalytiak Davis writes with brashness and brio, with chutzpah and word-drunk humor in these free verse sonnets. They are indeed "shattered," and gloriously so. The poems may contain any number of lines and the lines may contain any number of syllables. No 14-line, iambic pentameter Italian or Elizabethan sonnets for her. Davis' rhymes, if and when she employs them, are almost always internal (sometimes deliciously, playfully so). She rarely uses end rhyme, which makes it all the more surpri [...]
Challenging, experimental and often purposefully, maddeningly impenetrable - but brilliant, nonetheless. I have to admit, I love words and sounds nearly as much as Davis seems to, though I'm not nearly so adept at letting them have free reign over my poems (to the point of suspending all sense of both narrative logic and traditional grammar rules) the way Davis does. For that reason, I find many of the poems in this collection incredibly admirable and brave. Not all of them make sense in any coh [...]
After reading "And Her Soul Out of Nothing" I needed more of Olena Davis. "Shattered Sonnets" did not disappoint. The poems in this collection carry a similar intensity of content as her first collection but Davis plays a lot more with syntax, grammar, and form. This play with language doesn't communicate the text's inability to communicate, rather, it heightens the desparation of the speaker of the poem to be heard by their addressee (either god, the reader, love, or the speaker themselves).
I wasn't blown away per se. The way she kind of free associates words I find almost annoying, but it's also joyful and illuminating. The only one that I can say I really, really liked is "you art a scholar, horatio, speak to it", which of course i totally love because it's all hamlet-y when they need someone to talk to the ghost. Also, because of the cry and response in it
Also grand, and more experimental, but I liked the first better.I am in possession of an original copy of a poem in her future third book. She signed a new poem for me! I love her.
"You always knew you could not keep god's attention."
I really liked this, particularly the poems "sweet reader, flanneled and tulled" and "notes toward the ablation of the soul."
Man, is she kooky or what?
Could I do this? I think I could.
weird, pastiche-ish, slipping from form to non-form to form in a circle, okd challenges what makes poetry good, and really, what makes poetry. again, you rock okd.
I love the way Davis plays with language and tone in this collection, and how well-read it is. There are so many fantastic literary/classical references--it's just wonderful. Do recommend!
this book changed my poetic a lot. and led me back to spicer and chaucer.
This collection is worth everything for 'six apologies, lord' and 'if you are asked.' Davis uses some methods of action poetry (consider 'poem for my #*th birthday' in which she writes "tomorrow, in honor of my birthday: DO NOT REVISE / THIS / poem"), e.e. cumming's rejection of capitalization and creative use of punctuation. Davis' poetry often exists at the intersection of 13-year-old-on-the-internet (with her use of multiple '!!!!!' and all-caps for emphasis) and archaic medieval nun, singing [...]
The first half or so of this book really wasn't connecting with me—sort of that feeling that the poetry is good, but good AT A DISTANCE. There was a sense of it being inaccessible (despite the opening poem, "sweet reader, flanneled and tulled"). However, the last half or so, especially the final poems, really started to shine for me. Davis utilizes her strange, idiosyncratic poetic voice to really create resonance in a way that was deeply touching—enough to bump it up to 4/5.
in terms of my ranking system i think this would be a 3 except that it really f*cked with the way i look at the poetry i want to read and more importantly the poetry i want to write. olena does some really amazing stuff with words and for that she deserves a 5. this book "changed my literary life" in that way. thank you, o.k.
O, to be stung by an errant bee. O, to sting.O, to see you again. Covered in spring.
Some good poems some not my style. Cool stuff playing with the language but I'm not sure if the content itself really will stick with me.
Olena Kalytiak Davis’ poetry empties words from their meaning and creates new meaning in old articulations.
Read it for school. Did not get most of it. Probably just above my poetry reading level.
I tried to read this book in 2007 and gave up . . . In 2013, I am baffled that I wasn't completely swept off of my feet on my first attempt. This is a brilliantly original book -- lewd, funny, inventive, playful. I wish I wrote it. Here are some favorite lines:-"My body, which is all Wrack / And screw, Love. All slack and crewel."-"I pack, unpack my orange streaked, / My freaked heart."-"I was so weighed down: anchor-hearted, lead-souled.""the first was a boy with a (volley) ball / he wrote me a [...]
There's this sense that I have in reading Davis' later work that she intends her writing for a non-audience--if read aloud, these poems lack the revisionary tactics of her idiosyncratic punctuation styles, but if read solely as text without being verbalized the blunt rhymes and alliterations do not have the same force. Perhaps that's the point: Davis has never compromised herself on behalf of literary tradition and has never addressed a collective when she could speak directly to the reader.Ulti [...]
I hesitated to enter this book then realized my hesitation was because of just how interior, deeply internal, the poems are. They seem to come from the place where language and emotion and memory all blend together.Some of the poems I loved; others I questioned because the "wordplay" seemed more that -- play -- than the uncensored oomph of most of the book. OVerall, a scary book, and darkly funny, and very good.
Wowis one is well, I don't quite have the words but I bet OKD would. Verbal acrobatics accurately describes this collection, but those gymnastics got in the way of my ability to connect with these poems. I really wanted to like this, but I abandoned it as each poem started feeling more and more like a struggle to get through and to understand than the one before. Liked "And Her Soul Out of Nothing" much better.
I have to say that I was disappointed. However, it was worth the read. Some lovely poems. Davis is still a wild poetess that I want to share a drink with.
i loved this emotionally, esp "sweet reader, flanneled and tulled"
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