PARK SONGS: A POEM/PLAY

Friends,

My newest book PARK SONGS: A POEM/PLAY was published early in September 2012. To learn more about the book, go to the Exterminating Angel Press page for PARK SONGSIf you want to buy it as an ebook, the ISBN is: 978-1-935259-17-6
I hope you enjoy PARK SONGS: A POEM/PLAY.

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WHAT CRITICS ARE SAYING:

Park Songs opens up the intersections of poetry and performance  . . . the plainness of the language is deceptive, [this] rhythmic and vernacular play [is] surprisingly evocative.”

RAIN  TAXI, Spring 2013
Lynette Reini-Grindell

for the complete review go to: http://www.raintaxi.com/online/2013spring/budbill.php

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Best known for clear, sweet poems, [Budbill] is also a playwright, and
his new work is first and last, as he says, ‘raw material that could be a
play’: an array of dialogues among the vagrants, pedestrians, passers-
by, and hard-luck cases of an urban park. . . . In language that recalls
the 1930s, the guys and the couple of ladies around the park debate
how to be happy, how to get by with less, and how to make poems
that feel true.

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
October 22, 2012

for the complete review go to: http://www.publishersweekly.com/

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Budbill’s latest collection, Park Songs, demonstrat[es] that he is above
all a poet of place . . . [and of] the power of place to mark us, hold
us, and bind us to one another . . . The language here is so familiar
and conversational, its simplicity detains the reader, inviting us to
consider the poetry of everyday speech. . . He ingeniously borrows the
authority of the playwright to get away with speaking in a grittier and
more guttural register. . . .

Abby Paige
THE BAKERY
December 11, 2012

for the complete review go to: http://www.thebakerypoetry.com/
submissions/

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Budbill captures the essence of human communication – the
misunderstandings and connections, hurts and expectations.

Deb Baker
CONCORD MONITOR
Concord, New Hampshire

September 9, 2012

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David Budbill is a poet and playwright known for his accessibility and
sense of playful humor. . . . The soliloquies and verbal interactions,
presented in the course of one day [in this urban park], provide insight
into the variety of personalities at work and force readers to reflect on
how much we can know—and learn—through our discussions. Also at
issue is how much can be misunderstood.

FOREWORD
Jennifer Fandell
September 2012

for the complete review go to: https://www.forewordreviews.com/
reviews/park-songs/

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“[An] ultra-American twist on Beckettian terseness . . . Park Songs
is full of idiomatic vernacular and candid, imperfect syntax, which
contribute to a down-to-earth plainspokenness. These seem like
people we can connect with, and it’s refreshing (as Budbill’s work
generally is) to be offered regular ol’ simple beauty in place of
incomprehensible, postmodern mumbo-jumbo.”

Keenan Walsh
SEVEN DAYS
October 17, 2012

for the complete review go to: http://www.7dvt.com/2012walk-park

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[PARK SONGS is a] beautiful, tragic-funny book. . . David Budbill’s
writing is not just art, it’s a philosophical call to arms for readers
to wake up to the world, to go ahead and risk feeling both the pain
and the pleasure of being awake. Park Songs is an entertaining read
and also one to make you think. It stayed with me and I can feel it
connecting with other things I’ve read, helping me live with more
heart, helping me notice things.

Deb Baker
BOOKCONSCIOUS
August 31, 2012

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for an interview with David Budbill conducted by with Marissa Bell
Toffoli

go to: http://wordswithwriters.com/2012/10/07/david-budbill/

Words With Writers, October 7, 2012