Lances All Alike by Suzanne Zelazo

Lances All Alike

Modernist poet-painters Mina Loy and Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven had many friends in common (including Djuna Barnes and Marcel Duchamp), yet there is no record that the two ever met. Their non-relationship presents a curious “absent presence” in modernist history.Zelazo weaves lines of poetry by both women into an imaginary conversation, exploring the way their work has been suppressed, stitched, spliced, and edited by male editors ...

Details Lances All Alike

TitleLances All Alike
Release DateApr 24th, 2018
PublisherCoach House Books

Reviews Lances All Alike

  • Joseph
    Lances All Alike by Suzanne Zelazo is a collection of modern poetry. Zelazo is a writer, editor, educator, and publisher in the visual and literary arts, as well as in sport. She holds a Ph.D. in English with a specialty in female modernism and avant-garde poetry and performance.Zelazo borrows for her creation. Each section is prefaced with a quote and the poems that follow in some manner reflect that quote back to the reader. I was a bit confuse...
  • Robin Bonne
    Excision 1 was not enjoyable for me, and I nearly stopped reading. It read like Lorem Ipsum-esque word soup, but maybe I am missing something in my understanding of it. I started Excision 2, and suddenly I was reading poetry with beautiful flow. The poems became much more accessible and imaginative in the following excisions. The difference between quality was startling. I ended up having mixed feelings, but overall I would recommend. Thanks to N...
  • Kirsty
    Suzanne Zelazo's Lances All Alike sounded like an intriguing poetry collection. Some of her imagery was certainly startling and vivid, but I found the first section far too fragmented for my particular taste. It seemed as though Zelazo had put together random strings of vocabulary which had no bearing on anything else. This is evident in poems such as 'Brancusi's Golden Equinox':'Lopped formnuclear windinflated crestthe absolute actHurtling cloud...
  • Margaryta
    The premise of "Lances All Alike" was unfortunately better than the collection itself. I was looking forward to seeing what Zelazo did, and although I appreciated and understood her intentions, which she details in the "Notes" section at the end, it ultimately did not shape the way I read the poems. This is a collection that doesn't entirely live up to the promised synopsis, nor does it entirely 'embody' it. The poems exist as separate entities f...
  • Michelle Kidwell
    Lances All Alikeby Suzanne ZelazoCoach House BooksPoetryPub Date 05 Apr 2018I am reviewing a copy of Lances All Alike through Coach House Books and Netgalley:Despite the fact there is no proof that modernist poet painters Mina Loy and Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven ever became friends with one another they did have friends in common, Susan Zelazo uses lines of poetry to create imagined conversations between the two women.This book allows y...
  • Jennie
    I always like to read more Canadian writing. This was my first foray into Suzanne's work.A little too over my head. There was one poem that really stood out for me:NeedlepointIn the fleshwe are a century of catastrophic echoes,a riot of stoneshurled against the afterglow.Simmer of bone on bone,missiles unfurled,rapture on our lipswhere the sutures were.Perhaps my watching the first two seasons of Hannibal had me favouring this one.Check it out!
  • Jasmine
    Unfortunately, this book fell flat for me. I had high hopes for this work, but nothing every connected. The entire collection felt strained, as if the author was trying to make something work that simply wasn't. There wasn't anything that pulled me in as a reader or submersed me into the heart of the work. I always felt disconnected from the pieces and the author. It might be difficult to find the right audience for this book.