Want (Poems)
Published February 2001 | 63 pages

Want (Poems)

Amazon.com review: Playful and witty but always subversively literary, Want, the debut book from Seattle poet A.J. Rathbun, manages to bring together Tupac Shakur with the Italian novelist and poet Cesare Pavese to make the lost world of silent movies cohabitate with a love of Kansas–and he makes it all seem natural. Rathbun is a wide-ranging poet whose breathless, big-hearted poems take their time getting rolling. That’s part of the power and charm of this collection: it seduces us with its conversational tone and the wide net it casts. And it surprises us with phrases like “In the Italy of your life” or “I’m the type of guy who” as Rathbun makes a casual day with a friend changing his bike tire into an occasion to celebrate the blessed ordinariness of our lives. There’s an emotional generosity in these detailed examinations of people, places, and food. Want introduces Rathbun as a distinctive new voice. –James Gurley

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Rathbun on Film

Cocktail to Cocktail Hour Series Four, Episode Five, The GizmoNovember 04, 2013
A special Cocktail to Cocktail Hour holiday episode hosted by A.J. Rathbun where very special guest Jeremy Holt stops by to teach us how to make the Gizmo, a...
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Cocktail to Cocktail Hour Series Four, Episode Four, The TrilbyNovember 03, 2013
The Cocktail to Cocktail Hour hosted by aj Rathbun has a very special guest in this episode; Alastair Edwards stops by with a drinking problem, solved by t...
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Cocktail to Cocktail Hour, V4, Three, Horse's NeckOctober 06, 2013
In this Cocktail to Cocktail Hour, you'll learn to make the refreshing Horse's Neck from special guest star Mark Butler, and hear host A.J. Rathbun and Mark ...
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Cocktail to Cocktail Hour V4, Two, Aperol SpritzSeptember 24, 2013
The Cocktail to Cocktail Hour hosted by A.J. Rathbun has a very special guest in this episode, who teaches you how to make the Aperol Spritz, with Aperol and...
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