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“Book of Dog” by Cleopatra Mathis

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The domesticated dog, evolved 15,000 years ago from gray wolves, is not a reliquary of slavish dependence in Book of Dog, Cleopatra Mathis’ seventh collection, nor is it a token of the bourgeois middle-class’s presumed benignity. It is as necessary to world ecology as the mice, ants, and moths that populate the collection, and possessed of a “plain language” that challenges not only the echo chamber of rhetoric, but the very conceit (the restaging of the spatio-temporal order) of the lyric poem.

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A Brief History of The Rumpus Poetry Book Club

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Back in July of 2010, The Rumpus started a poetry version of its book club. Board member Camille Dungy selected Shane Book’s Ceiling of Sticks to start us off and we’ve never looked back. Here’s a rundown of the book club for potential members–what you’ll get and what you would have gotten if you’d been with us from the beginning.

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A Brief History of the Rumpus Book Club

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A Brief History of the Rumpus Book Club

The Rumpus Book Club kicked off on May 19, 2010, when Stephen decided to announce it in his Daily Rumpus in his own special way: “Today we’re launching The Rumpus Book Club! That’s a pretty quick turn around when you realize I just had this idea yesterday.

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The Daily Beast Loves The Rumpus Book Club

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And we love you back.

While I’m at it, a little update news. Our current book is Kathleen Alcott’s The Dangers of Proximal AlphabetsBookslut covered it here and said “It’s never simple, but if complicated is what produces a novel like this one, we should be grateful for the messy, the broken, and the quiet graces they birth, the camaraderie that can find us in even the most isolating of nightmares.”

We’re very excited to announce that our October book is Jami Attenberg’s The Middlesteins.

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