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The Song of Roland
The Song of Roland
by Anonymous
Edition: Paperback
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1.0 out of 5 stars help help rescue me from its awful clutches, Dec 16 2002
This review is from: The Song of Roland (Paperback)
This is really the worst book I have edver read. I've read a lot of books, & some were really bad, but this is the worst. It's so poorly translated that it makes me horribly depressed every time I try to read it. I haven't finished it yet. Oh man.
I did really enjoy the introduction for the historical background information regarding The Song of Roland & the culture surrounding its appearance. But dear lord. Save yourself. Get another translation.
If you just want to know what it's about, I'll tell you. Roland & others, for instance Oliver, fight against Pagans in medieval Spain.

Practical Gods
Practical Gods
by Carl Dennis
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars ho hum, Dec 16 2002
This review is from: Practical Gods (Paperback)
My apologies to Carl, but he really doesn't strike me as an important Pulitzer Prize-winning poet. I appreciate the mythic themes of this book, & some of his insights & ponderances, but for the most part it just doesn't feel...important. For instance, why should I care when this guy writes a poem about a novelist friend of his whom he supports? Hey I have friends who do things too. & Carl Dennis does do some clever things with rhythms, but I can't believe he's one of the greatest living poets. How did he wiggle his way so far into the spotlight? Personally I disagree with many of his quasi-logical statements anyways, even while I can appreciate what he's trying to do with them. I'm glad I got this book to see what's going on in Pulitzer poetry this year, but not because I think the book is too memorable.

Gejagte Form/Verborgene Formen
Gejagte Form/Verborgene Formen
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5.0 out of 5 stars pursued form, Nov. 18 2002
Rihm is in my book one of the greatest pursuers, or hunters, of new ways to organize music, new architectures. He calls it hunting forms. In the piece Gejagte Formen on this cd, the music creates forms of spaces of absence in other forms. Rihm also says in the liner notes -- which are some of the wildest, zaniest, most brilliant liner notes I've ever read I might add -- much about his conviction that any person's art be of necessity unique, surprising. His music sounds like Webern might have liked it. Absolutely beautiful, fascinating, exciting.

Miniatures and Other Poems
Miniatures and Other Poems
by Barbara Guest
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars fun minutes, Oct. 24 2002
Barbara Guest is a very interesting experimental poet. This book is so short -- & thsre are usually so few words on every page -- that it makes for a very good half hour or so of reading. But there's more. If the reader gives enough attention & time to the poems, they become more & more lucid. In their own way, their way of fantastic leaps & enigmatic surprises.

Portals Of Grace
Portals Of Grace
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5.0 out of 5 stars Azam Ali: amazing visionary, Oct. 8 2002
This review is from: Portals Of Grace (Audio CD)
These songs are from her intense studies of other music, mostly from medieval Europe, but they're her own renderings. They couldn't have come from any soul but Azam Ali's. Ethereal, haunting, dark, adventurous, charged with unrestrained emotion.... Some of my favorites, besides the rest, are the 5th track & the first. Listen to those & decide for yourself.

by Andy Goldsworthy
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars breathtaking simple beauty of nature & imagination, June 18 2002
This review is from: Stone (Hardcover)
Andy Goldsworthy's art is so inspiring. In this book, the art pieces focus on, as the title says, stone. It's unbelievable. He just unveils so much magic in the world with his brilliant thinking. "Otherworldly" is surely the word to describe how much of the art in this book feels. I keep thinking it couldn't possibly be this planet, but I suppose it's not even a planet anymore; it's the mind of the artist. Time also plays a significant role in this art. He builds pieces with the intent to photograph it when the day moves & the light hits it a certain way. Or he builds things that the incoming tide tears apart. In a piece I love in this book, he gathered ice from a lake & put it on the shade side of a rock. The ice gradually melted & was shed. I wish I could have listened & watched. Something that adds so wonderfully to this book's beauty made from such simple natural materials is that he also accompanies photographs with very Haiku-like, very poetic, short descriptions of the art pieces & how they existed in time & in the act of his making them.

Kingdom Come
Kingdom Come
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5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful ethereal music, June 2 2002
This review is from: Kingdom Come (Audio CD)
Apart from a measure or 2 here & there, the music on this cd is a lamp swinging slightly in fog & wind. The first piece, Kingdom Come, is has some great scenes Ingram Marshall happened upon & recorded & music he later composed for the concrete tape recordings to be in. He stresses that both the instrumental sections he composed & the tape are music; it's not just the music he composed with some tape sounds thrown in. The way they work together can be in turns deeply relaxing or creepy & haunting. But more relaxing -- even more with the few atonal or haunting shocks keeping the listener alert. Airy.
Then, the cd's next piece, Hymnodic Delays, is made up of 4 songs. The first 3 were composed in the late 18th century. The 4th, the 17th century. Marshall added reverb & echo to them. They're very poignant pieces to begin with; that was his attraction to them. When listening, you can hear that he echoes just the perfect notes -- just the ones that bring the emotion to its height. And the music moves. The chant-like effects of the echo & reverb add to the poignancy of the music. For me, the 2nd of these songs, "Broad Road," is the most enjoyable, because the voices are so distinct & the reverb impeccable. The final Hymnodic Delays song is the most bouncy -- a fitting climax after the much more somber previous 3.
The cd's last piece is a rescoring of the piece For Tropes for string quartet. The piece started decades ago called Fog, a tape of the Balinese flute "gambuh" & ambient maritime sounds such as foghorns & birds recorded at the San Francisco harbor. He "troped" it in 1982 when he added the brass parts. The idea then was that the timbre of the brass & foghorns would blend together as though of the same instrumental family. Now that it's "twice troped" with string quartet instead of brass, the different timbres of the piece work against each other. It's very beautiful, the different kinds of sound you find swirling & growing around you here. It feels very careful. The music is so thick. & the intensity/etherealness undulate just like the marina's waves.

Selected Poems
Selected Poems
by Mark Strand
Edition: Paperback
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2.0 out of 5 stars overrated?, June 2 2002
This review is from: Selected Poems (Paperback)
I know a lot of people who love Mark Strand, & I know he has done a lot of work for poetry, but he really doesn't seem to me like he's a special poet, hype aside. I read a lot of poems in this book waiting for them to go somewhere, for Strand to find inspiration, but it never happened. The poems have a foot nailed to the ground & like it that way, so they can just sit there while other things do stuff. There are a few good poems, but anyone who writes a lot of poems writes a few that are good. If this is the kind of writing you want, maybe you would appreciate this guy, but there are so many poets of comparable aesthetic who do it so much better.

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5.0 out of 5 stars the coolest tango, May 29 2002
This review is from: Ectopia (Audio CD)
Wow! This music is so cool! It just makes you feel cool all over. It's...GROOVY. The rhythms are so fun, so vibrant that they make me grin from ear to ear. & the electronic jungle of the music is exciting! Jim Thirlwell's creativity is just endless. He just comes up with so much STUFF! For fans of Foetus, what makes this cd so exciting (besides that it's the first time in over a decade that any Steroid Maximus has been readily available), as usual, is that this does not sound like other music he's released. I almost wonder if some music on this cd is disco. Then it's tribal drumming, bachelor pad light chanting, tense ambient, jazz.... & of course the funk. Funk is all over this album. It can also be very alarming, especially in the 5th song, Chain Reaction, where the intensity magnifies exponentially in the brass that blasts a "W"-shaped melody with huge leaps of pitch over & over until the party's ankles break & the song ends. Mercifully, that song is bracketed by 2 songs that are much lighter. They're not "ambient" per se...they're spacey & hard to describe verbally. You can tell this cd was composed by Jim Thirlwell because so much of the music on it is so unlike anything else you'll recognise, & that's why it's hard to describe. The rhythms that make you dance up the walls can be so complex that they're difficult at first to get stuck in your head. It begins with space, a heartbeat, & a section that sounds very remiscent of one of the great rhythms of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, a groundbreaking piece of music Jim Thirlwell has sampled directly from before. After that, expect anything. Buy this cd! It's an inspired work of great genius!

Piss Frond
Piss Frond
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4.0 out of 5 stars quite a statement, May 24 2002
This review is from: Piss Frond (Audio CD)
Wow, DVOA is really something else. The electronic music on disc 1 feels very versatile. The 2nd disc here, the ambient one, is composed predominantly of neverending drones. & they dissonate. This music is probably for rain.

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