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Piano Rats

Piano Rats

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Published by Franki Elliot
What’s it about? It’s about you. Something you said to me five years ago, five days ago, five minutes ago. It’s about sex, honesty, sadness, falling in and out of love, firsts and lasts, awkward moments. It’s my secrets and yours. Poetry for people who don't like poetry. Bukowski as a babe.

"Sometimes I run across a poem that makes me second guess my opinion on poetry. It could be a line in the poem that impresses me. Or a person in the poem that makes me wonder what he'd be like in another situation. Or a relationship that makes me want to know if it worked out. Or a memory I have while reading the poem. For me, Piano Rats by Franki Elliot had all of the above."
—Chicago Tribune
What’s it about? It’s about you. Something you said to me five years ago, five days ago, five minutes ago. It’s about sex, honesty, sadness, falling in and out of love, firsts and lasts, awkward moments. It’s my secrets and yours. Poetry for people who don't like poetry. Bukowski as a babe.

"Sometimes I run across a poem that makes me second guess my opinion on poetry. It could be a line in the poem that impresses me. Or a person in the poem that makes me wonder what he'd be like in another situation. Or a relationship that makes me want to know if it worked out. Or a memory I have while reading the poem. For me, Piano Rats by Franki Elliot had all of the above."
—Chicago Tribune

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Published by: Franki Elliot on Jul 31, 2013
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piano rats
by Franki Elliot
 
“Sometimes I run across a poem that makes me second guess my opinion on poetry. It could be a line in the poem that impresses me. Or a person in the poem that makes me wonder  what he’d be like in another situation. Or a relationship that makes me want to know if it worked out. Or a memory I have  while reading the poem. For me,
 Piano Rats
 by Franki Elliot had all of the above.” 
Shamontiel L. Vaughn 
 Books Critic, Chicago Tribune“The book is a collection of deeply personal pieces, arranged as free verse poems, though Elliot calls them “stories.” And they do
read as stories, the kind told around a kitchen table—or even,
in the case of “Nothing,” a recounting of a story that happened  while a story was being told around a kitchen table. Most of
them detail a down-and-out cast with unbroken spirits, people
 who predict early deaths but live as if they dont believe it.”
 Jonathan Messinger
 Books Editor of Timeout Chicago“The 44 pieces in Franki Elliot’s
 Piano Rats
 are like the best
kind of chance meetings—weird and unsettling, specic and
transformative. They are Frank O’Hara meets Ellen Kennedy,
“rst kiss” meets “fuck o,” “hell” meets “rainstorm,” poetry
meets prose, narrative meets lyric, trailer park meets city street. But they are also entirely themselves, places where you “remember who you wanted to be.”
 Kathleen Rooney 
 Managing Editor, Rose Metal Press
 
CURBSIDE SPLENDOR PUBLISHING All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form or by any electronic or mechanical means, including information storage and retrieval systems, without permission in  writing from the publisher, except in the case of short passages quoted in reviews. All incidents, situations, institutions, governments and people are fictional and any similarity to characters or persons living or dead is strictly coincidental.Published by Curbside Splendor Publishing, Inc.,Chicago, Illinois in 2011.Fourth EditionCopyright © 2011 by Sharyn Goldyn.Library of Congress Control Number: 2011939708ISBN 978-0-9834228-3-9Designed by Shawn Stucky Cover art by Shawn Stucky (© 2011) Author Photograph by Stephanie Bassos (© 2012)Manufactured in the United States of America
www.curbsidesplendor.com

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