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My Thieves,

Ethan Paquin

My Thieves, Ethan Paquin


Publication Date: 01-Mar-07 | ISBN: 9781844713233 | Trim Size: 216 x 140 mm | Extent: 128pp | Format: Paperback

UK & International Distribution: Macmillan Distribution | Publishing Status: Active Shop online at HiveFind your local bookshop




My Thieves is a study of the relationships between the visual and literary arts, and is also a meditation on the nature of creativity and artistic authenticity. Paquin, a poet with great interest in painting and the visual arts in general, writes about those artists across disciplines who’ve influenced him using a wide range of poetic structures and forms. At the heart of the book is the concern that perhaps the creative individual is merely an imitator of all the art he has ever admired; at the book’s center is the fear that the “self” is just a collection of other selves absorbed through one’s lifetime.


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MY THIEVES; [My Thieves]; Lax Lax; Guidance; What is Language? [I]; What is Language? [II]; Wherefore Breeze?; Simplicity; “Simplicity” Through the Logotex; Missive; MORE OF THE MONOLOGUE; Scathologue; Towers of Buffalo; Yes, I Am An Artist; Adolph Gottlieb to the Little Animals; Brother; Tigers; Why Do I Wait for the Thunder Nightly; I Found the Reason for the Tree; Blue Composition Bombing; Ekphratica; CONTINAE; [Continae]; Stills; Nothing But Setting Out; Beautiful Nighttime Churches; Modillion Modillion Modillion; Axis of Minimal; Hampton; Toward a Shoreline; The Exhibit; Interpolation of Friend and Landscape; Dream; Processes (Overheardings); Asteral (Lyric-like #1); You Just Keep Going (Tong’Len #1); Man Singing in Vermont (Lyric-like #2); Dissituation (Lyric-like #3); Looking Out a Window (Tong’Len #2); Event of Chains; DARK TRACTS; Grandmother Poem; Musee Picasso; Rivers and Oceans; So You Want to Be a Sailor; Bells From the Courtyard; Go Toward the Window; Where Has the Pastoral Gone?; Ekphratic Particulates; Rocky Coast, Maine, March 1975; Water Colour; Thief of Shells; Notes;


My Thieves both confronts and attests beyond the wreckage of lyric expression to renewed, revived musics that abide by their own ruins. Through daring jarrings of genre distinctions, these poems examine their own processes in novelistic expanse, blues song mutation, and in hieroglyphs conveying the eros of suspicion as well as a humble and humane dedication to beauty various and mutable.” —Dean Young



“F]ormally accomplished poems … This is an author capable of a genuinely moving rawness of sincerity” —Laura Mullen New Review of Literature


“Ethan Paquin’s [poems] are knife-edge sharp … he works both skillfully and elegantly with his tools – his words … Paquin’s language is nothing but evocative.” —Paula Koneazny Verse


“[Paquin’s] visceral emphases sometimes bring to mind the spell-casting poetry of Robert Duncan, at other times a scrambled postmodern Dylan Thomas.” —Publishers Weekly


“Paquin knows how to enter language and walk in it, so that his experience seems remarkably universal.” —Alexis Smith Tarpaulin Sky



Ethan PaquinEthan Paquin is the author of three books of poetry: The Violence (Ahsahta Press, 2005); Accumulus (Salt, 2003); and The Makeshift (UK: Stride, 2002). A native of New Hampshire, he lives and teaches in Buffalo, NY.

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