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poems for teeth


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Poetry. "So now we have Richard Loranger's POEMS FOR TEETH, where every tooth gets its own poem, in one of the most extraordinary and virtuosic poetic feats since Francis Ponge took on Soap.. As the extraordinary poems in this one-of-a-kind venture by a one-of-a-kind poet unwind, the reader's mind gets a much-needed deep flossing, unhidden and totally useful"--Bob Holman. "Nothing quite prepares us for Richard Loranger's POEMS FOR TEETH, a book of poems unlike any other. Occasioned by a severe jaw infection and the resulting dental surgeries, these "crazy odes", "thank-yous to my teeth", he calls them, are meant both as acts of remembrance and restitution. Little lamentations for what is lost, poems of praise for what remains, they sing through their teeth, as it were, the tender, sad, sorry, outrageous comedy of our mortality... And each is brought to us in radiant and goofy word-riffs, arpeggios that ring the rich changes between jeremiad, scat-song, nursery rhyme, elegy, ode, gospel, glo

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