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Arlene Ang s writing style is slightly surrealistic and completely stream of conscious in this hidden gym entitled Banned for Life Filled with dark and light imagery, poems that one does not simply read for simple understanding, and complexity, Ang draws the reader into the poem, and forces them to think about the poetry Having to reread most poems twice and thrice, the reader is caged in Ang s words, perplexed and filled with a little bit of dread and anxiety from lines like, The girl is wea Arlene Ang s writing style is slightly surrealistic and completely stream of conscious in this hidden gym entitled Banned for Life Filled with dark and light imagery, poems that one does not simply read for simple understanding, and complexity, Ang draws the reader into the poem, and forces them to think about the poetry Having to reread most poems twice and thrice, the reader is caged in Ang s words, perplexed and filled with a little bit of dread and anxiety from lines like, The girl is wearing bracelets of scars She is purpling under both eyes She is all poise and dead leaves She casts light onto dark images and embraces that life is not simple, life has never been simple, and will never be simple She addresses reality The brain, forever the battlefield, is littered with the dead and the living assigned to take the bodies of the dead away.Life and death are both accounted for in less like a neat circle, than a messy scribble The life line goes back and forth and there is little that is neat about life She also juxtaposes living, animated creatures, with living, non animated creatures What is Wednesday to a tree she asks of no one specifically, because, all of the days are the same to the depressed person she is writing about and the tree, so Wednesday has lost its meaning In some poems, she also talks about romance See, she says, our pictures together are proof of the universe The prose poetry is beautiful, and yet, insightful, funny, and also relatable A meatloaf is only 5% meat, she says That got a good laugh out of me.This is poetry that reminds you that everything on the page is supposed to mean something There is no fluff or empty calories in any of her poems This is poetry that gives you thought, poetry that gives you pause This is poetry that digs its claws into you and nails you on your back Though I was thorough in my reading of this, I admit that it took some warming up to get into this poetry collection I find that for humanity, it is easy to do what is easy, and hard to do that which we find hard Arlene Ang writes hard poetry that takes a good look at all sorts of aspects of life, and I find it to be a rewarding read Many of Arlene Ang s poems in Banned for Life take offense when confronted by the harmless and the mundane This tendency for cultivating menace from what should have been otherwise deemed innocent and safe is also apparent in her previous poetry collections Being a longtime reader of Ang s poetry, I have marveled at this predilection of hers It is what draws me to her work Knowing this, I am proposing a practical way to read Banned for Life and interrogate its motivations It would be to fir Many of Arlene Ang s poems in Banned for Life take offense when confronted by the harmless and the mundane This tendency for cultivating menace from what should have been otherwise deemed innocent and safe is also apparent in her previous poetry collections Being a longtime reader of Ang s poetry, I have marveled at this predilection of hers It is what draws me to her work Knowing this, I am proposing a practical way to read Banned for Life and interrogate its motivations It would be to first acknowledge Ang s compulsion to make splendid mutations out of the oftentimes unyielding meat of the ordinary From a poet whose early poems volubly speak of homicide in the unexciting act of preparing vegetables, Banned for Life is a fully realized exhibition of traumas, threats, and all manners of dead bodies literal and figurative What can I say Banned for Life is one of my favorite books by one of my favorite authors I d burn my house down for Arlene Ang This book it burns a quick and satisfying fire. On the sixth of October 2014 , a slender package arrived from Misty Publications, but I hadn t ordered anything recently, didn t recognize the author s name and my goodness, that disturbing image on the front cover If the content described things so torturous, who would want to read it Not me How in the world did this end up in my mailbox Then I flipped the volume over and noticed the photograph of a demure looking author next to a reassuring bio Scanning the blurbs, I was intrigued by such On the sixth of October 2014 , a slender package arrived from Misty Publications, but I hadn t ordered anything recently, didn t recognize the author s name and my goodness, that disturbing image on the front cover If the content described things so torturous, who would want to read it Not me How in the world did this end up in my mailbox Then I flipped the volume over and noticed the photograph of a demure looking author next to a reassuring bio Scanning the blurbs, I was intrigued by such phrases as splendid surreal imagination and an exquisitely unhinged collection Sounded promising So I opened the book randomly to page 50, where I found to my surprise a haibunWhat were the odds Having discovered haibun a few months earlier, I had fallen in love with this 300 year old Japanese form essentially, distilled and luminous prose poems containing at least one haiku Always looking for , I was delighted with this unexpected good fortune And as pleased with Rupture s visual symmetry as I was moved by its story.One mother s terrible knowingness, the eggs left to burn in the pan, the neighbors feet gathering around the convertible, the rotation of time stopping this stunning poem came at me from every angle, slamming all my senses simultaneously Moreover, the fresh and unexpected imagery, the use of metaphor and simile, saving the longest line for last in the haiku verses all served to stretch the bands of convention for this poetic form, resulting in an experience that for me was immediate and visceral.How did the poet do that With only 178 words One answer is that Arlene Ang intuits well what to keep and what to leave out And what she keeps in this haibun and in poems throughout this book often subverts expectations, delightfully so One small example Stillness littering the grass Whether she s writing haibun, or lineated and prose poems, it s clear that Ang has a gift for searing juxtaposition, to quote from the review by poet and painter Thomas Fink Contrasting two orimages or ideas can create depth and emotional resonance with powerful effects.In the first verse of Rupture, the movements of bird, cloud, and bicycle are juxtaposed with the stillness of grass and then, between that verse and the prose that follows it, stillness contrasts with noise so violent it knocks over a garbage can, spills its contents which in turn engages other senses the smell of decaying fish and metallic blood, and the sight of wilted sunflowers, blood, and delicate fish bones that bring to mind a boy s small frame.These evocative odors and sights, along with the image of the yellow convertible and insects crushed against the windshield, suggest the end of summer or early fall illustrating another formal convention, inferring the season.In addition to this haibun, Banned for Life includes 16 prose poems, plus 38 lineated poems The pages shimmer with Ang s remarkable imagination and her ferocious facility with creating memorable images, as illustrated by these lines from The Plagiarist She is two parts fleshand one part secondhand clothing.She presses her knee on the ground, like an ear.She is rubbing the belly of a dead robinand calling forth Lazarus.She is all pretense, incompleteas she watches the feet of passersby.You are the background musician.She gives you her hand.She leaves tiny half moons on your palmas you pull her upBy the way, a labeling glitch in a software upgrade led Susan Yount, the publisher, to mail this amazing book to me several weeks after I had ordered, and received, a different book Never thought I d feel so grateful for a computer glitch I won a free copy of this book from a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway While it isn t the style of poetry I thought it would be I like blunt, in your face hard hitting stuff personally and this collection isabstract than the poetry prose I normally choose , I decided to give it three stars because there is quite a bit of unusual and even beautiful imagery in the book Even though there were some poems I found confusing in which I m not sure what was really going on , the poet did have a g I won a free copy of this book from a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway While it isn t the style of poetry I thought it would be I like blunt, in your face hard hitting stuff personally and this collection isabstract than the poetry prose I normally choose , I decided to give it three stars because there is quite a bit of unusual and even beautiful imagery in the book Even though there were some poems I found confusing in which I m not sure what was really going on , the poet did have a gift for evoking certain kinds of emotions {KINDLE} Ú Banned for Life à Arlene Ang s third poetry collection examines the lives of those who have been forced by either circumstance or their personality problems to watch from the sidelines unwanted birds, zombies, psychopaths, missing children, even the recently dead who have been banned from their own existence