Hoarders

Hoarders

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In Hoarders, Durbin deftly traces the associations between hoarding and collective US traumas rooted in consumerism and the environment. Each poem is a prismatic portrait of a person and the beloved objects they hoard, from Barbies to snow globes to vintage Las Vegas memorabilia to rotting fruit to plants. Using reality television as a medium, Durbin conjures an uncanny space of attachments that reflects a cultural moment back to the reader in ways that are surreal and tender. In the absurdist tradition of Kafka and Beckett, Hoarders ultimately embraces with sympathy the difficulty and complexity of the human condition.

Title:Hoarders
Edition Language:English
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    Hoarders Reviews

  • Janet

    Disturbing and moving poetic dialogue between internal life and external reality, the narrative of people who hoard a myriad of objects and a literal, cold eyed description of the physical situation. ...

  • Melissa

    A real artwork. A gem. Durbin accomplishes this beautifully:“Suspending moral judgment is not the immorality of the novel; it is its morality. The morality that stands against the ineradicable human...

  • Laura B.

    a visceral, painful book that shows grace and care while depicting people who hoard for a litany of reasons. this is not the TV show, this is found poetry at its finest....

  • Matthew

    Growing up, I assumed everyone had a relative with a house falling in on itself. Towers of regret in the form of clothes, books, furniture. A history of holding on. I listened to the arguments and nev...

  • Kyle

    "This connects to an anxiety I’ve had since childhood about wanting to record everything that’s ever happened, which is perhaps simply a fear of my own mortality, as well as the mortality of every...

  • Glen Helfand

    Hoarding is a condition that is both abject and poetic. The former in the obsessive accumulation, but the latter for its strange surreal manifestations, the visual elements that compound and illustrat...

  • meow

    A simple format—*spoken words* next to the things of the speaker—with haunting, funny, intensely illustrative results. The book is an accumulation of prose poems inspired by the TV show, and they ...

  • Molly Dettmann

    I did not realize this was poetry going into it! As poetic as it was it was also very sad and disturbing. The format would be (The hoarder says something to give us an idea about why the hoarding star...