Verses That Hurt: Pleasure and Pain from the POEMFONE Poets
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Verses That Hurt: Pleasure and Pain from the POEMFONE Poets


What are are holding right now in your hands is a book. Not a telephone reciever, which is how most of the poems in this collection were first transmitted...There are plenty of examples of this spreading of one art form or another through popular mediums. There are all those wonderful Russian Constructivist posters, Dr. Alphabet's public poetry gatherings on football fields, Dada caberet antics, and various forms of street theatr...Essentially what all of these movements were trying to do was expand the playing field called "art". By making the field bigger they gave us all more room to frolic. They pushed art right out of the dusty museums and smack dab into your lives... Poetry should be everywhere, and slowly but surely it's infiltrating our lives. We are gla dto be the instruments of this infiltration." --from the Introduction

Penny Arcade, Tish Benson, Nicole Blackman, David Cameron, Xavier Cavazos, Todd Colby, Matthew Courtney, M. Doughty, Kathy Ebel, Annie Elliot, Janice Erlbaum, Allen Ginsberg, John Giorno, John S. Hall, Bob Holman, Christian X. Hunter, Shannon Ketch, Bobby Miller, Wanda Phipps, Lee Ranaldo, Shut-Up Shelly, Hal Sirowitz, Sparrow, Spiro, Edwin Torres, Emily XYZ

With unabashed fervor the Poemfone poets are redefining poetry as we know it. Archaic literary rules that have never been bent have suddenly been broken., and Versus That Hurt chronicles this poetic phenomenon. This is a revolutionary gathering of disparate and brash talent that is not to be missed.

Title:Verses That Hurt: Pleasure and Pain from the POEMFONE Poets
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:240 pages

    Verses That Hurt: Pleasure and Pain from the POEMFONE Poets Reviews

  • Joshua
    Nov 23, 2015

    One of the reasons I bought this is because one of my favorite poets, Nicole Blackman, has some poems in it, and her work is hard to come by. Another reason is I love the idea of POEMFONE and was inte...

  • Nicole Bunge
    Nov 27, 2011

    POEMFONE - for those that don't know, was a NYC poet's project where every day a poet called and recorded a new poem on an answering machine, and you could call and listen. The group involved all sort...

  • Kelly
    Mar 16, 2011

    Most of the poems are just trash. i can't judge the poets based off of a few meager "poems", but really they should have put more effort into putting their thoughts into a more poetic form. a lot of t...

  • Richard Goodwin
    Aug 11, 2015

    I think this title is misleading. I went in thinking this will be some of the worst poetry I have ever read. Thankfully I was wrong. Throughout this book I was entertained, confused, sad, and happy. S...

  • Laura Morrigan
    Feb 16, 2012

    Don't be fooled by the title or cover, this isn't a book of poems about S&M. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but what this is is a collection of Poetry from the Poemfone poets. There used t...

  • Abigayle
    Nov 26, 2007

    More than anything I love the idea of PoemPhone.Recommended if you like emotional poetry with catchy word play - Avoid it if you can't handle angst.I'm no expert on poetry but most of the poems in thi...

  • Jennn
    Aug 24, 2008

    Well, hurt is a strong word, especially when you have John S. Hall (King Missile fame) and Todd Colby poems. I love this book ever since high school and continue to read it. Many of them are funny, od...

  • Mary-ann
    Feb 11, 2013

    A divinely bizarre and off-beat anthology of poetry compiled from phone messages left by strangers. The poetry is well crafted, though some may border on offensive or be offensive, so if you take issu...

  • Kathryn Dechairo
    Mar 25, 2014

    Many of the poems in this collection are hard-hitting, dark or thought provoking. Some made me laugh, some had me cringing and some left me feeling uncomfortable and like I needed to take a shower . ....

  • Amber Decker
    Jan 22, 2009

    This, I believe, is one of the most influential books to have ever graced my shelves. "Verses That Hurt" expanded my terribly naive and adolescent view of poetry and what it COULD be if the poet were ...