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Underdays #2020

Underdays We encounter many voices in life from friends and family from media from co workers from other artists In a highly connected global world where people and entities are electronically enmeshed we

  • Title: Underdays
  • Author: MartinOtt
  • ISBN: 9780268037
  • Page: 467
  • Format: Paperback
  • Underdays By MartinOtt, We encounter many voices in life from friends and family, from media, from co workers, from other artists In a highly connected global world, where people and entities are electronically enmeshed, we filter these voices constantly to get to what we determine to be the truth Taking inspiration from pop culture, politics, art, and social media, Martin Ott mines daily exisWe encounter many voices in life from friends and family, from media, from co workers, from other artists In a highly connected global world, where people and entities are electronically enmeshed, we filter these voices constantly to get to what we determine to be the truth Taking inspiration from pop culture, politics, art, and social media, Martin Ott mines daily existence as the inspiration and driving force behind Underdays.Underdays is a dialogue of opposing forces life death, love war, the personal the political Ott combines global concerns with personal ones, in conversation between poems or within them, to find meaning in his search for what drives us to love and hate each other Within many of the poems, a second voice, expressed in italic, hints at an opposing force under the surface, or multiple voices in conversation with his older and younger selves his Underdays to chart a path forward What results is a poetic heteroglossia expressing the richness of a complex world I so admire the spirit in Underdays that clearly wants to and does make beautiful poems, both in the midst of trouble and OUT of it Turn the pages, and be met by beguiling surprises madlibs, the heartfelt voice, jazzy soliloquies as bullets fly, lyric reveries in landscapes of dream These poems feel pressured into being by all that s fleeting, and reading them, we may feel that toughest of dichotomies dig deeper in the dangers of living, of forgetting Nance Van Winckel, author of Pacific Walkers In Martin Ott s new book of poems, Underdays, there s nature, children, desire, war, and Los Angeles, but everything is shrouded with the speaker s experiences as an interrogator in the military an institution that leaves nothing untouched, even Ott s haunting and dark poetry But importantly, Ott s poetry is sonically beautiful and written with such a skilled hand a hand that was meant to write the poetry of a gifted and haunted soul Victoria Chang, author of The Boss

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    1. Underdays is a terrifyingly beautiful collection of poems Some of the poems will reach inside the deepest part of you and rip you apart while others will put you back together and mend you There seem to be so many layers to Martin Ott s poetry, that I know for sure this is a book that I will revisit often It is just one of those books that beg to be reread in order to peel back all those layers The author is extremely talented with words and I was completely mesmerized by the beauty of the langu [...]

    2. Underdays is an excellent collection of poems I enjoyed every one Ott is talented and it s easy to see why he s an award winning poet I could read this collection over and over and take away something different every time Ott is a poet who personifies everything about a good poet someone who knows the exact words to use and the perfect order to use them in There s just enough darkness in the poems in this collection I found something different and surprising in every poem My personal favourites [...]

    3. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an open and honest review.This book is at once both foreign and familiar to me Some elements, like Nirvana, are comfortable and recognizable to me, and I greet them with understanding Some facets, however, are alien and outside my realm In particular, Survivor s Manual To Love and War is the most poignant of the poems for me It is simultaneously past and present, full of metaphors you can sink your teeth into and really mull over, regardles [...]

    4. Martin Ott s Underdays is the 2015 winner of the Ernest Sandeen Prize in Poetry, edited by Orlando Ricardo Menes and Joyelle McSweeney, sponsored by the Creative Writing Program in the Department of English at the University of Notre Dame The prizes are awarded to authors who have published at least one volume of poetry.Underdays is Ott s second collection of poetry In this volume, Ott, a former US Army interrogator, poses questions about how we define a world through the lens of opposing forces [...]

    5. I can see why he is an award winning poet I found this collection on the dark and disturbing side, but the way he put his words together was masterful This was a giveaway book.

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