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Mr West she really loves Kanye and is pregnant when she talks about it Kanye is half what makes my heart If I was familiar and especially if I was in love with Kanye this would have been a five star book It tugs at your sensations in several directions all at one time This is a book of nuances Over the top and subtle both simultaneously and alternating Erasure becomes exposure Contempt is turned inside out so we can commune with the subject behind the sentiments The larger than life is reduced to piecemeal stanzas Bite sized humor and empathy What exactly does Sarah Blake a pregnant Jewish poet living outside Philadelphia see of herself in the megastar Kanye West? This strange and wonderful cycle of poems doesn’t provide an answer so much as it enacts one In “The Fallible Face” Emmanuel Levinas is “featured” like a guest collaborator and the existentialist philosopher’s lines form an unexpected counterpoint to Blake’s own In “The Week Kanye Joined Twitter” she blends images of ostentatious wealth with visions of nymphs in a way that somehow elevates bothLike the best hip hop artists Blake is a skilled remixer borrowing lines both famous and obscure sacred and occasionally very profane revealing alternate meanings by way of skillful juxtaposition In addition to sampling Kanye’s own lyrics and uotes she also borrows from Greek mythology Twilight and YouTube comments The result is a consistently surprising meditation on what it means to identify with an artist I'm not usually drawn to poetry but I'm so glad I escaped my literary comfort zone for this book Blake's poems are simply structured and accessible but are still complex and gorgeously written Mr West isn't so much a biography of Kanye West's life but a record of observations about privilege racism identity and family in America as well as commentary on the cult mentality that is imbedded into our society when it comes to celebrity Blake finds surprising ways to empathize with Kanye and the people in his life as she attempts to understand her role as a mother and a Jew living in the aftermath of WWII Will be rereading I was as excited to read this as I was upset that someone wrote a book of poetry about Kanye West before I did I absolutely adored this collection The concept was intriguing and the actual poetry is truly wonderful this book was absolutely incredible I've always had a mild fascination with Kanye and didn't realize that this book would revolve around him before I began it I should have known with the title and all what I didn't realize until reaching gaze was that this book is also about compassion humanizing the monster so to speak so good I've already recommended it to several people uotesthe mouths we speak with are hidden by our other mouthswomen are familiar with how not to scare someone who's in danger I want to spend my poem smilingthe blood helps because the heart helps because the electricity moves uswhen I wanted to put my fingers through your hair I wasn't saying Can I touch it? I was saying caressyou used over forty exclamation marks and I think that's how America needs to be spoken toI am encouraged to paint myself the foolTo humble me Humiliate me So there it is A book of poetry about Kanye West And I read it And I liked it I'm not sure what that says about me Sarah Blake is a good writer though I found the blacked out lyrics incredibly frustrating and she tackles Kanye's celebrity status his family life his car accident racism his mother's death with grace and poignancy Is it gimmicky? I don't know But it's good writing regardless Finished this last night and really really enjoyed it Sarah's doing something here with intertwining meditations on Kanye into her own very different life that feels very fresh and is incredibly accessible while remaining poetic and meaningful Mr West covers the main events in superstar Kanye West's life while also following the poet on her year spent researching writing and pregnant The book explores how we are drawn to celebrities to their portrayal in the media and how we sometimes find great private meaning in another person's public story even across lines of gender and race Blake's aesthetics take her work from prose poems to lineated free verse to tightly wound lyrics to improbably successful sestinas The poems fully engage pop culture as a strange complicated presence that is revealing of America itself This is a daring debut collection and a groundbreaking work An online reader's companion will be available at http sarahblakesitewesleyanedu

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