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Power Politics [Paperback]

Margaret Atwood
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June 1 1996

Margaret Atwood's Power Politics first appeared in 1971, startling its audience with its vital dance of woman and man. It still startles, and is just as iconoclastic as ever.

These poems occupy all at once the intimate, the political, and the mythic. Here Atwood makes us realize that we may think our own personal dichotomies are unique, but really they are multiple, universal. Clear, direct, wry, unrelenting -- Atwood's poetic powers are honed to perfection in this important early work.


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Margaret Atwood is one of the world's preeminent writers -- winner of the Booker Prize, the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and the Governor General's Literary Award, among many other honours. She is the bestselling author of more than thirty-five books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, including The Handmaid's Tale, Alias Grace, The Blind Assassin, and Oryx and Crake. She and her spouse, writer Graeme Gibson, are the Joint Honourary Presidents of the Rare Bird Club within Birdlife International. She is an International Vice President of PEN.

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this is one of my favourite atwood collections, and one of the few books of poetry that i can (and want) to read every minute of the day.
atwood can capture human relationships, romantic relationships, conflict, love and the play for power all in a single stanza, line or even individual word. this collection is page after page of language so outstanding that you wish you were born from atwood's mind; no one else has the piercing insights and the flawless word choice to describe them that this woman does. if she can't blow you away, no one will.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The heart of Margaret.. Sept. 26 2002
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The idea of poetry written about intimacy may make some readers shudder. One might think it is even a cliché, but no matter who the objective logical thinker is, they are forced to admit there's a tiny part of them who has lived and breathed a relationship of power struggle, one that might have had them seizing and submitting to the core of their innermost thoughts. Love that has left them in doubt and strengthened the self in ways that only passion can accomplish.
As Atwood writes, "....and there isn't anything I want to do about the fact that you are unhappy and sick, you aren't sick and unhappy, only alive and stuck with it." She opens up to her readers those personal witticisms we have thought towards are own "unhappy relationships" while throwing in insightful humor and wild imagery, breaking the rules of all poets with her fascinating rhythms and adjectives. If you are missing this collection of poetry from your Atwood repertoire, you are missing the heart of Margaret, her furious meticulousness and unlikely metaphors aimed into the bloodied heart of an adoration and boredom for her unlikely male worshipper. This book is an absolute must read, must own and an altogether pleasure to read.
"I raise the magic fork over the plate of beef fried rice, and plunge it into your heart." - from "They Eat Out" (Power Politics)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The heart of Margaret.. Sept. 26 2002
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The idea of poetry written about intimacy may make some readers shudder. One might think it is even a cliché, but no matter who the objective logical thinker is, they are forced to admit there's a tiny part of them who has lived and breathed a relationship of power struggle, one that might have had them seizing and submitting to the core of their innermost thoughts. Love that has left them in doubt and strengthened the self in ways that only passion can accomplish.
As Atwood writes, "....and there isn't anything I want to do about the fact that you are unhappy and sick, you aren't sick and unhappy, only alive and stuck with it." She opens up to her readers those personal witticisms we have thought towards are own "unhappy relationships" while throwing in insightful humor and wild imagery, breaking the rules of all poets with her fascinating rhythms and adjectives. If you are missing this collection of poetry from your Atwood repertoire, you are missing the heart of Margaret, her furious meticulousness and unlikely metaphors aimed into the bloodied heart of an adoration and boredom for her unlikely male worshipper. This book is an absolute must read, must own and an altogether pleasure to read.
"I raise the magic fork over the plate of beef fried rice, and plunge it into your heart." - from "They Eat Out" (Power Politics)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars biting, honest, crushing, captivating... brilliant. Nov. 25 2002
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this is one of my favourite atwood collections, and one of the few books of poetry that i can (and want) to read every minute of the day.
atwood can capture human relationships, romantic relationships, conflict, love and the play for power all in a single stanza, line or even individual word. this collection is page after page of language so outstanding that you wish you were born from atwood's mind; no one else has the piercing insights and the flawless word choice to describe them that this woman does. if she can't blow you away, no one will.
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5.0 out of 5 stars still relevant, still potent March 2 2008
By datura2002 - Published on Amazon.com
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"you fit into me
like a hook into an eye

a fish hook
an open eye"

Twenty-five years after its first publication, Margaret Atwood's verses still retain their power -- her imagery still startles and disturbs; her insights are still relevant. As Sharon Thesen has written, Power Politics is "astonishing, notorious, a classic."

Atwood is better-known as the Booker-Prize-winning author of The Handmaid's Tale, Cat's Eye, and Blind Assassin. Though I admire her prose, if I had to choose, I would pick the poetry. It has always seemed more immediate, more personal than her novels and short stories, while still thoughtfully composed and within Atwood's glacial tonal range. As with her prose, Atwood delights the reader with her dry wit and elegant irony, even while maintaining her cool veneer of detachment.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! Feb. 4 2013
By jsharp02 - Published on Amazon.com
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I love Atwood's work, and this is one of my favorite collections. Power Politics shows how the power struggle between both woman and man can lead to a destructive path.
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