25 Points: Robinson Alone

by Nicolle Elizabeth

Robinson Alone
by Kathleen Rooney
Gold Wake Press, 2012
132 pages / $12.95 buy from Powell’s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Robinson Alone is a book by Kathleen Rooney. She publishes Rose Metal Press which is good for flash fiction. Robinson Alone is from Gold Wake Press you can get it here through SPD they only have 18 left right now: http://www.spdbooks.org/Producte/9780983700142/robinson-alone.aspx This is the trailer if you’re into visuals and varying auditory sensations:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwBEDk5rjfQ

2. Robinson Alone is in flash poems which are all: Robinson writes a letter. Robinson is a letter. Etc like that. We follow Robinson through his entire life also Kathleen Rooney has written something beautiful. Actually I was so/so for the first 12 pages or so then loved it this book rules.

3. My new things is “just fucking saying it” how’s this working out.

4. I quoted some of the book for you here okay.

5. Robinson Walks Museum Mile

6. The thought coalesces: a snowflake in the muggy air.

7. Let’s break into small groups & save each other.

8. This friend is a blowhard.

9. Robinson stoops on his stoop

10. This is Nicolle again, hi. Also I think that geography is huge throughout the work. Robinson goes to Wellfleet, Robinson goes to Ptown. These are ominous beaches in New England. Ok sorry to interrupt the reading of Kathleen Rooney quotes from Robinson Alone bye.

11. One rule of attraction? Never act like you want the thing you’re attracting.

12. Incompletion makes people want to fill your blanks in.

13. Consider consider consider the oyster.

14. AT RACE POINT BEACH, ROBINSON SMOKES TEA

15. At the sound of the question (from one of the Senior Editors): “Are you happy here?” you know your goose is cooked. I’m going to try to stay away from a regular job as long as I can, unless something so tempting that I can’t resist it comes along. Nearing the end. Write.

16. ROBINSON ON THE ROOFDECK There’s something sexy in desolation.

17. He keeps looking in the windows. Do you think this means anything? No more paper. Write.

18. WHAT DOES HE WANT? THE FUTURE! WHEN DOES HE WANT IT? NOW! 1939 New York World’s Fair. He was there. He was there.

19. What could have
remained a national treasure, now
seems the last full measure
of obscene sarcasm.

20. ROBINSON BUYS A SOUVENIR POSTCARD
of a lonesome man buying a postcard
of a lonesome man buying a postcard
of a lonesome man buying a postcard
of a lonesome man buying a postcard
of a lonesome man buying a postcard
of a lonesome man buying a postcard
of a lonesome man buying a postcard
of a lonesome man buying a postcard
of a lonesome man buying a postcard
of a lonesome man buying a postcard
of a lonesome man buying a postcard
of a lonesome man buying a postcard
of a lonesome man buying a postcard
of a lonesome man buying a postcard

21. How they hold themselves apart.

22. Ann drinks alone. During the day. For no particular reason.

23. Various vistas opening up here.

24. But he could
start over in the afterglow.

25. I blows kisses in your direction. Love, Nicolle

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