Intense & Weird in the Best Way Possible: Richard Siken’s Crush (2017 Reading Book #40)

One of my good friends is a HUGE fan of Richard Siken. She often posts excerpts of his poems on social media. Even those fragments are stunning. I’ve had Crush on my to-read list for a while, and I am so glad that I finally got around to sitting down with it.

There’s a lot of different opinions on the best practices for reading poetry collections. There’s definitely no right way. For me, it varies from collection to collection. For Siken’s work, it seemed impossible to not just sit down and read it cover to cover. It is incredibly intense and weird in a way that the words latch onto you and it feels impossible to come up for air.

These poems feel so fresh and unusual in a way that only makes this collection more compelling to me. I’m not sure fans of traditional poetry that is very structured would dig this because it is a very wild ride. The lengthy prose poem, “You Are Jeff,” (linked below) is probably my favorite from the collection and is a good taste of what Crush has to offer.



Title(s): Crush

Author(s): Richard Siken

Overall Rating: 5/5

Genre: Poetry

Category: Poetry

Format Accessed: Paperback

Publisher: Yale University Press

Additional Reading: Litany in Which Certain Things Are Crossed Out,” “You Are Jeff

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