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review 2017-09-29 08:36
House by Neil Gaiman
House - Neil Gaiman,Allen Williams

I just finished reading this poem for National Poetry Day over at Tor.com and it was such an eerie but fascinating read. My interpretation of the poem is that the narrator is portraying a part of himself for the whole world to see, that his neighbors think they know who he is but in reality no one truly knows or understands him. I love how Gaiman uses a "house" as a metaphor for who we are as people and how no one knows what we have inside our houses, inside ourselves. It's such a great poem and I highly recommend you read it for National Poetry Day or just read it any ol'day! The artwork for the poem, done by Allen Williams is bizarrely intricate and matches the poem perfectly! Such a wonderful reading experience!

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review 2015-08-24 11:14
Howl and Other Poems
Howl and Other Poems - Allen Ginsberg,William Carlos Williams

The history of this is interesting but the content was not. Between the dedication and intro I was already ready to toss this book. So much white male privilege. Gag.

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url 2015-05-12 07:09
#Art of Fantasy 17: Allen Williams

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I thought I would do my bit by featuring Allen’s art on my #Art of Fantasy series to spread the word about the Gate of Fire project, but I can tell you now, if you see what he does, you’ll realise quickly enough that this man’s talent speaks for itself. Far louder, in fact, than what I could hope to achieve with my words. So consider my post a gentle nudge in the right direction. Just make sure you’ve a tight hold on your sanity before you dig in.

 

You can see the rest of Allen's art here.

Source: woelfdietrich.com
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review 2013-04-04 00:00
House - Neil Gaiman, Allen Williams House - Neil Gaiman, Allen Williams Here are some random 1:00 AM ramblings on this poem.

We all want to be understood.

In my interpretation of House, Neil Gaiman uses the scenario of a crudely constructed papier mache head on a hill to portray this want. I think that the papier mache head symbolizes the 'outer self', the side of you that everybody can see, through your physical appearance or physical actions. The polishing eyes/mowing the lawn reminds me of either maintaining a physical appearance- perhaps polishing glasses, perhaps shaving, or could represent the overall care taken to maintain an image. In the rest of the poem, Gaiman describes how people go past the papier mache head on the hill and "they think the house is me". This shows that the people passing never notice the inner self, the essence of a person who makes them who they are- the people only see the face on the outside, what is shown. Everything else remains unnoticed.

I can see your house from here.
With this statement, Gaiman demonstrates how everybody has more depth and more value than what is apparent. This value goes beyond an image that has been projected.

I enjoyed this poem- this poem reminds us to be more aware, and take the time to- as cliche as it sounds- try to look at who someone is on the inside, beyond their physical appearance or actions.
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review 2010-03-27 00:00
Howl and Other Poems
Howl and Other Poems - Allen Ginsberg,William Carlos Williams Obviously, "Howl" dominates this collection. In length as well as notoriety. The first section is a testament to what can be done with words. The third section is also good stuff. Though the second section is less impressive. But it's a 4 1/2 star poem, even by my harsh standards.

"A Supermarket in California" and "America" are the two other pieces that stand out. The quartet of earlier poems are just that - the work of a poet who was still developing his talents.

Note: "America" (written in 1956) includes the line - "My ambition is to be President despite the fact that / I'm a Catholic."
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