Dolls

This collection of thirty prose poems by Tom Whalen was the winning manuscript in the 2006 Caketrain Chapbook Competition, as judged by Denise Duhamel Baudelaire wrote that the overriding desire of most children is to get at and see the soul of their toys Rilke claimed that when children realize that their dolls are inanimate, that their toys have no souls at all, theThis collection of thirty prose poems by Tom Whalen was the winning manuscript in the 2006 Caketrain Chapbook Competition, as judged by Denise Duhamel Baudelaire wrote that the overriding desire of most children is to get at and see the soul of their toys Rilke claimed that when children realize that their dolls are inanimate, that their toys have no souls at all, they grow disgusted with their dolls Enter Tom Whalenese beautifully crafted prose poems are as animated and frightening as voodoo dolls think the American Girl collection in the hands of Cindy Sherman Dolls delighted and scared me beyond belief Denise Duhamel, author of Queen for a Day As a boy, I did horrible things to my sister s dolls But nothing so cruel as to bring them to life to make them suffer, yearn, procreate, seek, secrete, and contemplate mortality Tom Whalen is a virtuoso of personification the sacred purview of the prose poet and a sadist of playthings Dolls is an entrancing and playfully disquieting collection Peter Conners, author of Emily Ate the Wind If you like your dolls haunted and licentious, you ve come to the right place Tom Whalen s preternatural creations remind me of Hans Bellmer s fetish dolls, as possessed by the Bride of Chucky.Don t dare to read these voodoo poems on a rainy night in a creaky old Victorian house And if you try, remember that I warned you Richard Peabody, co editor of Mondo Barbie Tom Whalen s book is malign and unsettling and darkly outr he re Wittgensteins the world that used to be the case through the impassive, but vigilant, eyes of his dolls, and returns it to us strikingly changed Sven Birkerts, editor of AGNI at Boston University
Dolls This collection of thirty prose poems by Tom Whalen was the winning manuscript in the Caketrain Chapbook Competition as judged by Denise Duhamel Baudelaire wrote that the overriding desire of mo

  • Title: Dolls
  • Author: Tom Whalen
  • ISBN: 0015476839
  • Page: 350
  • Format: None
  • 1 thought on “Dolls”

    1. When I was a girl, I had an infected spider bite on the back of my left calf. My mother took me to the dim-lit recovery room where she worked and drew a curtain around my gurney. An anesthesiologist administered a local anesthetic, advising me “don’t look.” They were going to lance, drain and stitch up my bite. Laying on my stomach, I attempted to read a children’s novel about an orphan girl who meets a family of talking porcelain dolls. I couldn't help but watch the scalpel instead. Tal [...]

    2. Perhaps because I am prone to obsession I find that trait in others highly desirable. This book really took the theme of dolls in all their beauty and strangeness and created a collection that is sweet, terrifying, sad, and exciting all at the same time. You feel like a voyeur reading most of these poems and the way it easily transitions into the sick and absurd feels like a well crafted horror movie. I also think keeping the all the poems short and focused gave them an individual life that work [...]

    3. This short collection of prose poems is creepy. Very creepy. I am not one who likes to describe things in such simple terms, but there is no other word coming to my mind. This book kind of scared me in a way because it was so creepy. There is something about the way that every sentence was presented, I was reminded of dirty dusty rooms of childen who had died and their parents had not changed anything, had not removed the half eaten apple core from the child's desk, had not touched the shelf of [...]

    4. "Yes, like Baudelaire's hashish smoker who feels the pipe smoking him, the doll loves you, not you the doll." A beautiful, horrifying, and unique set of poems that feel, after you've finished them, like the pasted together limbs of a doll. Brilliant.

    5. Occasionally I read a poem that I know will haunt me for the rest of my life. This book only contains such poems.

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