GOD was right
Ugly Duckling Presse, November 2018
Purchase: UDP | SPD | AMAZON (US) | (UK)
(or Read it @ a library)
God Was Right collects poems that take the form of arguments, essays, and letters. The title poem argues that God was right to make us love cats (and then watch them die); another categorizes the way women like to be kissed; one proposes a sex ed that takes into account persuasion and pleasure; another argues men should write bad poetry; a letter tries to make friendship about love; a five-paragraph essay tries to disarm heartbreak via analysis; etc. These poems/essays are hyperbolic attempts to write something adequate to a feeling.
I love this book.
Hamilton’s poems drop [Plato’s] philosophical tradition straight into the abyss.
PERSUASIVE ESSAY FOR SEX ED . . . 15
ESSAY ON BAD WRITING . . . 25
ATTEMPT TO BE ADEQUATE TO THE EXPERIENCE OF LOVING AN ANIMAL ... 39
MEMO ON TWO POSSIBLE CONDITIONS FOR OUR MARRIAGE . . . 65
2ND ESSAY ON BAD WRITING . . . 87
AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF FATNESS . . . 99
ON SECOND TAKES . . . 109
GOD WAS RIGHT. ... 123
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS . . . 139