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Edmund Conti:

Runaway Spoon
PO Box 3621
Port Charlotte FL, 33949


By playing with words, inverted them, turning syntax and insight inside out, Conti opens a new way of seeing. These tiny poems are self-referential often, but the in-joke is in our minds and we find ourselves joining the play and reinvestigating the possibilities of language, poetry, and thought. For instance, a poem titled "Embellishment" reads, in full, "To be/ Ornate to be". Or the poem "Wry": "I drink/ therefore I am/ what I drink." Even the title of the book could be construed as a pun on the poet's name. The poems are accompanied by equally playful line drawings that have some revelations of their own. This is a good book to have around when friends drop in, certain to stimulate inventive dialog.--Jake Berry

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This review originally appeared in TapRoot Reviews #5,
Copyright Burning Press 1994, 1996.

Contact the editor, luigi-bob drake, at Burning Press