Mayakovsky's Revolver

by Matthew Dickman

Mayakovsky's Revolver

Hardcover, 93 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, List Price: $25.95 | purchase

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The author uses his art to come to terms with his older brother's suicide in a collection of poems that explore how to find strength in the face of loss and grief.


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After a brilliant debut, Matthew Dickman's Mayakovsky's Revolver, like his twin brother Michael's Flies from last year, makes music from mourning. The swirling poetics of Revolver (the title, it just occurs to me, echoing the Beatles's Revolver) provide an ecstatic metaphor for the interconnectedness of life, but also suggest the enveloping grief at the suicide of an older brother. While that event centers the book literally in the form of a long poem,

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