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Puppet X
by Jerry Ratch   

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Publisher:  Shameless Hussy Press ISBN-10:  0915288060 Type: 
Pages: 

65

Copyright:  1976
Fiction

A sequence of poems about a puppet without a name.

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A long 65 page sequence of poems about a puppet without a name, written in 1973, before Generation X was born. 


Excerpt

I

I know you,
ladies and gentlemen.

We see the near future
through you.

Your factual face
as you sit indoors.

Youthless,
in your ordinary chair.

"Mice run through their vision.
Mice run through the plot.
O la la
and memory
is a lot..."

I, also,
have memories.

One afternoon
I was myself.



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PoetryFlash Review
"Puppet X is a stunningly powerful, single long poem ... a perfect match in the poem between form and content -- the isolation of particular words and images, the broken quality of the poem as it unfolds on the page, matches well the listless, isolated lives he portrays; and yet even such a life deserves its epic -- even the dead have their songs. Puppet X is a book that opens areas painful to face; yet it also has its smothered laughter, jokes in the face of death. Clearly, a fine book."

-- PoetryFlash


PoetryFlash Review of 2nd Edition
"This is a major work, a sustained long poem in 26 sections that has great power of voice and personna. This is one to get, even if you have the rather cramped and crudely produced first edition, as I do - a big poem needs space to crawl around in!"
- Jon Ford, PoetryFlash



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