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Blinking with Fists: Poems
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The hit poetry collection from the creative force behind The Smashing PumpkinsHaving risen to fame during the grunge era in the early nineties, Billy Corgan is among the most respected figures of the alternative rock world a visionary artist who, more than a decade later, still commands a devoted following. Long admired for his evocative songwriting, Corgan embarks on a deeper exploration of literary terrain as a poet. Full of "the regretful melancholy of his music [and] the rhythmic, angular wordplay of his best Pumpkins lyrics" (Jeff Vrabel, Chicago Sun-Times), the poems in this collection form an imagistic journey through the intensely personal as Corgan throws into sharp relief issues of love, loss, identity, and loyalty. Crafted with a thoughtful and cadenced approach that shares the same allegiance to thunder and quiet found in his music, these writings further solidify Corgan's place as the voice of a generation."
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Billy Corgan is the singer and songwriter for the critically acclaimed, multiplatinum Chicago band Smashing Pumpkins. He is currently at work on his first novel.

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As frontman of the Smashing Pumpkins in the 1990s, Corgan wrote the majority of the music and lyrics to melodious, angsty gems like "Today" and "1979." And while these may secure his place in the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame, his first poetry collection won't put him shoulder to shoulder with William Butler Yeats. There are glimmers of promise, however in "Lost Gray," "Saxon deeds/ curry the eye," and in "Cherry Blossoms," Corgan ponders "how to trade [his] fillings for pretty things." But he cannot sustain these images or build on them enough to mean anything. Platitudes of romantic heartbreak abound "Holding our breath in brackish water until one of us should die/ I took the chance because we used to laugh/ Oh how we used to laugh!" which don't add up to poetry. Framed by music, Corgan's verse just might make more impact, but it can't stand naked. Recommended for larger collections only, though Smashing Pumpkins fans are still alive and kicking, so there may be demand. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 6/15/04.] Heather McCormack, Library Journal Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

"Never just the spectator, Corgan transforms his world into the palpable lyrical beauty of the heartbreak of one who cannot turn away, allowing us to get as close as we dare without blinking." --J. T. LeRoy, author of Sarah and The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things Never just the spectator, Corgan transforms his world into the palpable lyrical beauty of the heartbreak of one who cannot turn away, allowing us to get as close as we dare without blinking. J. T. LeRoy, author of Sarah and The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things" "Never just the spectator, Corgan transforms his world into the palpable lyrical beauty of the heartbreak of one who cannot turn away, allowing us to get as close as we dare without blinking." --J. T. LeRoy, author of "Sarah" and "The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things" " Never just the spectator, Corgan transforms his world into the palpable lyrical beauty of the heartbreak of one who cannot turn away, allowing us to get as close as we dare without blinking." -- J. T. LeRoy, author of "Sarah" and "The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things"

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