two eyes are you sleeping by Heather O'Neilltwo eyes are you sleeping by Heather O'Neill

two eyes are you sleeping

byHeather O'Neill

Paperback | May 27, 2013

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This is the first full-length collection of poems by Heather O'Neill, a writer and performer living in Montreal. two eyes are you sleeping is a linked collection of personal and political lyrics, written in a voice that reflects both the rootlessness and violence of the urban landscape and a metaphorical brilliance that transforms the ordinary into the visionary.

These are poems of the street, poems of defenselessness, strength, perversity and generosity, poems of drug addicts, alcoholics, con-men and sexual adventurers, poems to shout out in the bathtub with the radio blaring out the song you loved when you were fourteen. Most of all they are about growing up human in the drab beauty of the city.

Heather O'Neill has lived in Virginia and Montreal. She is a spoken word artist, musician and writer, widely published in journals as well as widely known on the Eastern Seaboard for her spoken word performances. She wrote the screenplay for the film St. Jude, directed by John L'Ecuyer, and is the author of the award-winning novel Lull...
Title:two eyes are you sleepingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:80 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.18 inPublished:May 27, 2013Publisher:DC BOOKSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0919688179

ISBN - 13:9780919688179

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Promising Some of the poems in this collection are over the top. The rapid pace can be hard to keep up with. The poems are like firecrackers. When they're working, they electrocute the night-sky. When they're not, they go off in your hand. These poems are of the I'm-young-I'm-urban-I'm-in-your-face variety that is generally too rich for my blood. I'm old. Despite their blatant youthfulness, however, even I have admit that this young writer has definately "got something." Her use of language, the way she twists an insight, and her fearlessness with images, separate her from your run-of-the-mill young poet. When she tames her vision, she'll be a fine poet indeed. In the meantime, this book is still worth taking a look at. When O'Neil gets it right, she's giving you your money's worth. This book is of particular interest to readers in their late-teens and twenties. My niece (25) recommended it to me as the hottest book of poems coming out of Montreal this year.
Date published: 2001-04-07

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Journey into the urban landscape with this fascinating collection of poems. Two Eyes Are You Sleeping is the personal and political lyrics of Heather O’Neill, a writer and performer. This wide range of poetry includes such topics as defencelessness, strength, perversity, drug addicts, alcoholics and sexual adventures. These hard-hitting poems tell the story of growing up human in an urban centre.