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These are very good poems. Originally published at Hong Kong Review of Books Gerstler s poetry has always had a maniacal edge In prior collections, she illustrates an ability to make hard hitting and real observations in a verse that remains slight and tends to be both scattered and surreal This tendency remains prominent in her most recent collection with Penguin, Scattered At Sea However, while her manic style seemed unique in the late 1990s when Gerstler first burst onto the stage, now, in the age of social media, her poetry seems to share much with other poetry we might now see as having a referential quality that responds to internet meme culture Yet, despite my distrust of this absurd and now common style, the manic quality has any endeared me to Gerstler s work than alienated me from it, particularly in the case of this latest collection.Gerstler scatters her topics and observations, but there are some movements reigning in her madcap poetry The first section focuses on sex, the next on banality, the third on death, while the latter seems to explore spirituality The themes are remarkably consistent the core things of life , such as sex, death, going to the grocery store, can cause disorientation, loss, and wonderment We are scattered like the sea creatures on the cover, both comically but also beautifully.Gerstler s habits of normalizing the absolutely strange and making the banal seem secretly odd is used to good effect in this collection One sees, in poems like Stoics and The Suicide s Wife, a willingness to go to places that seem both serious and humorous, both banal and weird The strength in accepting death becomes almost caricatural in The Suicide s Wife and in both Early Greek Philosophy and the Stoics, our selective acceptance of the abundant wisdom from people who still looked in bird intestines for hints of the future renders even common intellectual presumptions strange.In The Suicide s Wife one can see strength, humor, and grief all at once, but scattered through the poem six weeks later she looks greatthin and translucenta statue of justice sans blindfoldshe wears beautiful blouses nowpeach, gold, seedling greenher complexionhas never been betterlushness nips at the heelsof destructionThis can be contrasted with a cartoonish image of the Suicide s wife almost comically soaked to the bone, even her panties water logged, which occurs just before it The juxtaposition here is very powerful the comic mingling with the tragic, statuesque composure crammed near cartoonish images of overwhelming grief, felt tragedy paired with strength from surviving it The depth of feeling is hidden in playful idiom and slice of life observations.This is not to say that playfulness or Gerstler s bold irreverence is lacking from the poem In the aforementioned Early Greek Philosophers, Gerstler is humanely mocking all involved On sorting the jumble of events into gorgeous orderGetting a lot of the science rightWhile still pawing through entrails to divine the futureA vigorous lot of intellectual adventurersWhose mission was to explain the universeWild minds we have only in fragmentsBecause whether papyrus scraps, birch barkOr this mortal coilDammit, matter just doesn t lastGerstler s point is not just that philosophers are sillier than we make them out to be, but that our wider preoccupation with eternal truths seems somewhat ridiculous when paired with the decay of earthly things, including our bodies The intellectualization often assumed in the spiritual and philosophical is often complicated in Gerstler s pairing it against bodies both male and female which seem awkward, almost alien, and utterly amusing One can see these images popping up over and over again For example, in Sea Foam Place the poem turns on these lines to our bodies we canbarely walk a straight line,remaining most days onlymarginally conscious.We stagger and shudderas buckets of blood or spermor chocolate mousse or spittleor lymph or sludge sluicecontinually through us I love the way you wear yourface, how you ride this life.I delight in the sight of you,your nervous, inquisitive eyes,though I try to act otherwise.Gerstler uses the seemingly disgusting litany of fluids that strangely animate our bodies turning into a memory of attractiveness and affection Similarly, in her poem Womanishness, we see the viscerally moist used to make one s body alien than one s mind The dissonance of women The shrill frilly sillydrippy prissy pouty fuss of us And all the whilescience was the music of our minds The repetition of such child like sounds pairs disarmingly well with Gerstler s intended effect The language also mirrors that of misogynistic mocking of a woman s opinion, but it s the body being mocked while the science was the music of our minds which inverts both gendered and poetic expectations for the stanza This effect seems playfully sloppy at first partly because of its subject matter but is actually quite expert it is ability to undermine itself for poetic and emotional effects.These juxtapositions can be dizzying, even slightly annoying In several of Gerstler s catalogue poems, the apparently arbitrariness of the images doesn t produce as the emotional resonance of the rest of the collection One can see this in A Short History of Sublime Moments on Hold, Press five to put continents between you and a former love.Press eight to be connected to an invertebrate Sometimes the shock of the an image is a little too much for example, cunts that taste of mustard Gerslter s love for idiom, particularly onomatopoeia, can be tiresome, such as Prehistoric Porn Film twig crack, muzzle cuff snuffinglicks nuzzleshove In short, sometimes the scattered nature of the poems doesn t cohere enough and the idiosyncrasy of Gerstler s style produces a flat note Yet the overall effect is richer than these over indulgences would indicate.Grestler s overall effect is surprising cohesive late Coltrane than Ornette Coleman and it can be deeply effective In the last section of the collection, the poems become the clearly reflective One can feel it in Kitchen Annunciation Brute beast led by sensualityAnd yearning, weak as an earthworm,Don t shun my light Correct yourAffections Revel while you re flesh.Gerstler s direct address and violation of the ban on telling being particularly effective here Awe and wonder are here, but so is mortality In Gerstler s playful juxtapositions, there is a reflection on life that is deceptively deep for a poet who presents her work in the form of almost childlike idiom. I m a page mangler and annotater and a nervous cover peeler, so if you were to look at my copy of SCATTERED AT SEA you could tell which poems I loved most by the corners turned down, catalogue style, to mark moments of intense admiration The folded corners are all clustered in the second half of the book, where the poems about losing loved ones mentally or physically were grouped together under section titles that all by themselves clutch the heart IV What I Did with Your Ashes There is so much to love in this book that I could quote from it all morning The suicide s wife lives on an island of last ditch attempts and ancient consolations and It s still him, I tell myself every day Still alive Still in thereHis sense of humor is mostly intact I would have to do that, really, to give you a sense of all the voices in this book, all the ways it is visceral, funny, angry, calm, and wise I will end, though, with the following line addressed to God in Gratitude Prayer, so you ll believe me about the humor Congrats on being invisible This collection wasn t consistently great, but it has a lot of great poems in it Does that make sense Womanishness being my favorite It is a fun and at the same time bleak book. A 2015 volume that is at times comedic and also searchingand intelligent The title is from a quote by Lao Tzu He who obtains has little He who scatters has much There is the clever A short history of sublime momentsof Hold Then there is a touching Ancestor Psalm A sanepoet in this chaotic world. 3.5 stars, really some standout poems i dig the eel jacuzzi. These poems are at once exactly what I expected and want from poetry and then full of things I never would have considered to look for or write or read about I ll have to read this again for quotations. What an incredible poet I m so happy to have stumbled upon her in the library. I read this volume of poetry because it was announced as a finalist for the National Book Award.I like the language in Gerstler s poems, all chewy words if you know what I mean you get a gold star A good example is in Prehistoric Porn Film twig crack, muzzle cuff snuffinglicks nuzzleshove My favorites included In Search of Something to Worship, My Eyes Lighted On You I m drawn to men life has sledgehammeredNow he s the invisible guest at all my feastsWomanishness The dissonance of women The shrill frilly sillydrippy prissy pouty fuss of us And all the whilescience was the music of our mindsRumbles from a Minor DeityThanks for the badass offering Leave off seeking what wounds you I won t warn you againGratitude PrayerThanks for the rickety body, which lends us form And for what we believe can t be scattered at sea.Thanks for itinerant monks, enraged mobs,And blind librarians `DOWNLOAD E-PUB ⇔ Scattered at Sea ⇹ A Dazzling New Collection From An Award Winning PoetAmy Gerstler Has Won Acclaim For Sly, Sophisticated, And Subversive Poems That Find Meaning In Unexpected Places The Title Of Her New Collection, Scattered At Sea, Evokes Notions Of Dispersion, Diaspora, Sowing One S Wild Oats, Having One S Mind Expanded Or Blown, Losing One S Wits, And Mortality Making Use Of Dramatic Monologue, Elegy, Humor, And Collage, These Poems Explore Hedonism, Gender, Ancestry, Reincarnation, Bereavement, And The Nature Of Prayer Groping For An Inclusive, Imaginative, Postmodern Spirituality, They Draw From An Array Of Sources, Including The Philosophy Of The Ancient Stoics, Diagnostic Tests For Alzheimer S Disease, S Recipes, The Babylonian Talmud, And Walter Benjamin S Writing On His Drug Experiences