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Witty, comic, plaintive, touching, acerbic, droll, cavalier, caffeinated, irreverent, stringent: 81 Austerities, the debut from Sam Riviere, seems to achieve the impossible in being all things at once. Initially conceived as a response to the 'austerity measures' implemented by the coalition government in 2011, the poems quickly began taking on a life in kind: 'cutting' thWitty, comic, plaintive, touching, acerbic, droll, cavalier, caffeinated, irreverent, stringent: 81 Austerities, the debut from Sam Riviere, seems to achieve the impossible in being all things at once. Initially conceived as a response to the 'austerity measures' implemented by the coalition government in 2011, the poems quickly began taking on a life in kind: 'cutting' themselves on levels of sentiment, structure and even subject matter. Not content to merely build a series of freethinking poems, these remarkable pieces seem eagerly and mischievously to analyze their moment of creation, then weigh their worth, then consign their excess to the recycling bin thereafter. Experience is speedy, the poems seem to say, so dizzyingly fast that the poetry will inevitably be running to catch up - often arriving at a scene the moment after the moment has gone. The effect is as funny and it is startling, beguiling as it is surprising, and makes 81 Austerities a vivid reminder that deprivation, as Leonard Cohen put it, can be the mother of poetry....

Title : 81 Austerities
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ISBN : 9780571289035
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 115 Pages
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81 Austerities Reviews

  • Chris Henden
    2018-12-23 14:22

    "My jury of sunflowers" is worth the price of admission

  • Tom
    2019-01-09 12:13

    I'm in two minds about this collection. Part of that is down to the sheer number of poems in the collection; some are going to be better than others. The other part is down to something which I am going to call The Tao Lin Problem.Tao Lin has written some things I enjoy. They use the grammar, literal material and emotions borne from an internet-enabled culture. Tao Lin has also written some things I enjoy less. These are the ones that expose the shallowness of insights into something 99% of readers use every day, are somewhat immersed in. They also have a tendency to be a bit Nathan Barley-like, for lack of a better comparison.Sam Riviere's poetry falls into both camps throughout 81 Austerities. There are sharp, incisive, warm and funny short pieces throughout. There is syntax and sentiment cribbed from social networks. There are stunningly well-realised verses on a very modern form of loneliness, and a few dozen too many on a very modern form of horniness. There are also poems which exhibit a kind of voyeurism or perversion that's equally grounded in the 21st century, and a focus on the male gaze which comes off as creepy, and I'm not sure it's supposed to be.

  • Natalie
    2019-01-16 14:04

    really like these, i like how the the turn of his phrases, images that are beautiful but are never trite, each feels whole in and of themselves, like a dream sequencethey were all interesting but the ones i liked best were the ones speaking about a relationship/another person, felt like i could strongly relate to thosethis is my favourite one NO TOUCHING I would like to ruin your lifelet it not be said I lack the necessaryimagination to be jealousI would ask you to tell no-one about usand if you tell no-one about usI’ll fight hard to hide my disappointmentI would like you to renounce your pastas quite a big mistakeit will mean something although Iwill never completely forgive youI think you representthe possibility in my life of renewalI would like people to say“she came back a different person”we will appear at the weddingsof people we don’t care aboutour faces radiant from fucking

  • Brooks
    2019-01-07 15:19

    These poems were fun to read. More often than not, there was a line or an image that inspired an idea, made me crack a smile, or just got a nod of appreciation. I didn't read this as closely as I sometimes read poetry, but I think the style of poems invite that. "you do not need to shout / a poem that is pretty much / the definition of a poem"From "Time Please"

  • !Tæmbuŝu
    2018-12-22 18:17

    KOBOBOOKSReviewed by The Guardian (3 Aug 2012), The Independent (13 Sep 2012)

  • Jessica
    2018-12-27 15:14

    A lot of people seem to like this collection so I feel kind of bad about hating it, but it came across as a young, sexually frustrated boy who read some poetry and thought he'd have a go, I don't know if Riviere is trying to be edgy or what but frankly it made me cringe.

  • Gail
    2018-12-29 17:54

    'sort of chronically depleted noisecore'

  • Michael Odom
    2019-01-04 15:52

    81 Austerities came highly recommended by someone whose opinion I respect so I'll revisit later in case.... But for now, I found is dull.

  • Jennifer
    2019-01-09 14:05

    unique voice, funny at points, some striking images. lonely and intelligent stuff.

  • Marina Sofia
    2019-01-18 12:16

    Young, witty and often profound. A poetry collection that combines everyday observations with a feeling of loss and puzzlement. One to dip into again and again.

  • kate
    2019-01-03 13:06

    i was eating banana bread when i read this and it was really dreamy i liked 'no touching' best of all

  • James
    2019-01-21 12:22

    Accomplished, but I was more often reading it for research than for pleasure.

  • Sarah Lloyd
    2019-01-18 15:54

    I think I'm going to decide not to rate poetry or short story collections any more because what does a rating mean when there is so much diversity between two covers? I suppose it's my assessment of the quality of the compilation? Anyway, I don't feel qualified to rate this collection. The whole volume reminded me of that part in Fight Club where Brad Pitt asks Edward Norton "How's that working out for you, being clever?"I learned a lot about poetry.I read it for an hour on the train and felt completely detached from reality when I got off.I 'enjoyed' some of the poems, I 'appreciated' many, a few I didn't get.

  • Luca
    2019-01-15 17:55

    «funny, ok, but have we had enough about poetry? I mean it will amuse other students of poetry but, to adopt a voice I didn't know I possessed, I doubt it means jackshit out there»

  • Barney
    2018-12-26 15:52

    "this is me having my extremely nuanced feelings / overwhelmed by pop music and kind of enjoying it"funny, playful, curious poems for the selfie generation, but a little hit-and-miss. can sometimes feel like the reading equivalent of overhearing an in-joke you're not privvy to.

  • Megan Staunton
    2018-12-27 15:12

    Social commentary on life, death and modernity, implemented by the coalition government in 2011. Mixture of topical and observational poems.