Lake Michigan

Lake Michigan

From the author of The Performance of Becoming Human, winner of the National Book Award for poetry Lake Michigan, a series of 19 lyric poems, imagines a prison camp located on the beaches of a Chicago that is privatized, racially segregated, and overrun by a brutal police force. Thinking about the ways in which economic policy, racism, and militarized policing combine to sh From the author of The Performance of Becoming Human, winner of the National Book Award for poetry Lake Michiga...

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Title:Lake Michigan
Author:Daniel Borzutzky
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Genres:Poetry
ISBN:Lake Michigan
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Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:88 pages pages

Lake Michigan Reviews

  • Rosemary
    May 23, 2018
    Not your bedtime reading poem, this is a tragic, violent series of poems about death and cruelty and injustice in Chicago, a city that prides itself on being liberal. The contrast between the beautiful Lake, the shores of freedom and the cages of police and political bureaucratic cruel...
  • John
    Jul 05, 2018
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  • Jim
    Jul 15, 2018
    Not as successful as his previous book, "The Performance of Becoming Human," perhaps because the form of a play in 2 parts was constraining. However, some parts are simply brilliant in their portrayal of the pain routinely inflicted on the others by the State and its militarized pol...
  • Gloria
    Jun 28, 2018
    Interesting collection based on Chicago's record of police brutality and rough life on the streets. The title is a bit deceiving as some might think this to be a tourist guide, but it actually refers to a more or less secret building on the shores of Lake Michigan where police conducte...
  • Amina
    Apr 30, 2018
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  • Charlie
    Jun 27, 2018
    A finely conceived and rendered work of protest poetry. It's definitely more monotonous than Borzutzky's previous National Book Award winner, The Performance of Being Human-- I originally used monological rather than monotonous in the above sentence, but it is pointedly not monological...
  • Brooks
    Sep 22, 2018
    An incandescent anger that burns away so much. My favorite part was when Neruda's cue "y por las calles la sangre de los ninos corria simplemente, como sangre de ninos" gives way to a poem that eschews metaphor with a sneer and shouts the names of things as they are. Not a book that...
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    May 26, 2018
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    Apr 11, 2018
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  • Suswati
    Sep 01, 2018
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  • Prince Jhonny
    Jul 09, 2018
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  • Matthew
    Jun 06, 2018
    The definition of political/protest poetry. Frightening and dark. Fills me with the same anxiety as an episode of ?The Handmaid?s Tale.? ...
  • Rosalie
    Jul 10, 2018
    This collection addressing violence, detention centers where people are 'disappeared,' and the privatization of the economy (education) is a moving work of protest poetry. ...
  • Steve Bosserman
    Apr 25, 2018
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  • Anna
    Aug 13, 2018
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    Feb 12, 2018
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  • Luke Gorham
    Apr 15, 2018
    The way in which Borzutzky balances elegance and animus in this poetry collection-cum-manifesto is shattering. This particular work, a cohesive, thematically-linked look at existence as war and life as broken-bodiedness, is begging for a stage adaptation, soliloquy style. Think Spoon R...
  • Sofia Valencia
    Sep 22, 2018
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  • Hana Zittel
    Jun 19, 2018
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  • Anne
    Mar 31, 2018
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  • Cee Spind
    Jul 21, 2018
    We know where we stand with the cops and the nazis/ What?s better/ To know or not know when your ass is going to be beaten (LM, Xvi) They would kill us all as quickly as they could if it weren?t for the United Nations (LM, xvii) ...
  • Ryon
    Jun 03, 2018
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  • Christopher Barry
    Jun 24, 2018
    I was reading this book of poems The book called attention to our language Our language and the way we use it to cover the things we do to other people We do terrible things to other people We use language to minimize the terrible things we do to other people We are okay...
  • Juan Preciado
    Feb 14, 2018
    Leí este libro desde el purgatorio de Comala. Escuche muchas voces. Me dijeron a la vez: donde se encuentra la verdadera literatura. ¿Respondí: que es la verdadera literatura? Miré en la arena del lago y en los arboles muertos se encuentrara algo, no se si sera la V literatura. Es ...
  • John Madera
    Sep 09, 2018
    Receiving praise from Craig Santos Perez, Patricia Smith, Craig Morgan Teicher, Roberto J. Tejada, Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and more besides, Daniel Borzutzky's LAKE MICHIGAN is a lyrical, fragmentary, and utterly damning indictment of the police state, prison industrial complex, a...
  • April Sedall
    Apr 14, 2018
    So disturbing. So sad. The way he wrote...It made me think and rethink the place I've lived, the lake I always played in, the increasing gap between haves&have nots, peace and caring for our people and our land. ...
  • Mercedes Padro
    Jun 24, 2018
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  • Alex Sanchez
    May 24, 2018
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  • Alex Sanchez Bressler
    Jul 24, 2018
    Review here ...
  • Santiago Acosta
    Jul 08, 2018
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