Apprentice to the Flower Poet Z

Apprentice to the Flower Poet Z❴Reading❵ ➾ Apprentice to the Flower Poet Z Author Debra Weinstein – Apprentice to the Flower Poet Z tells the story of Annabelle Goldsmith a college sopho who has been hired to work for a celebrity professor renowned for her flower poems Obsessed with the uestion What Apprentice to the Flower MOBI ñ the Flower Poet Z tells the story of Annabelle Goldsmith a college sopho who has been hired to work for a Apprentice to Kindle - celebrity professor renowned for her flower poems Obsessed with the uestion What is poetry” Annabelle thinks her new job with the Flower Poet Z to the Flower PDF Î will help her find the answer What she learns instead is something altogether differentPraised by reviewers throughout the US and abroad. Writing satire about the poetry world is like shooting similes in a barrel Line for line there's no fertile subject than the black turtleneck crowd clutching their foundation funded chapbooks in the student loungeA debut novel from Debra Weinstein scans this oeuvre with deflating wit In fact Apprentice to the Flower Poet Z should be reuired reading for anyone who uses the word oeuvre Annabelle a wide eyed undergraduate at New York University opens the novel by telling us This is the story of how I came to momentary prominence in the world of poetry and through a series of misunderstandings destroyed my good name and became a nobodyAnnabelle's trajectory is propelled by her dream job working as an assistant to the legendary Professor Z author of the first poetry book ever to land on a national bestseller list Although the job involves far stress than unstress Annabelle comes to it like a pilgrim to the holiest of holies Professor Z wrote the flower poems that once saved Annabelle's life and she's determined to savor every drop of nectar from the petals of Z's brilliancePerhaps one of the reasons Weinstein's book has been so well received is that so many book reviewers are survivors of graduate writing programs Annabelle's cheery voice so full of breathless wonder and unconscious satire allows us to reexperience our lost innocence while confirming what we suspected all along We were better than those aloof professors we fawned over desperatelyThe appeal here though is broader broad enough to include anybody who appreciates the absurdity of intellectual pretension or the comedy of imperial bossesZ admonishes Annabelle that a keen eye is essential in a poet but unfortunately Annabelle is a better reader of verse than personality With unflappable naiveté she keeps wondering What is poetry? while slaving away at Professor Z's menial assignments such as finding just the prescribed shade of fountain pen ink I want the blackest ink you can find Z says with somber gravitas Jet black not midnight black not shoeshine blackIn this brilliant elegy to the abuse of subordinates all of Z's reuests rhyme with absurd She'll sign her letters only in a particular orderShe sends Annabelle back to the Salvation Army to paw through piles for her favorite pair of shoes The buttons on her blazer must be replaced because she can't live with the constant jangling Several times she castigates Annabelle for failing to keep sufficiently close watch on the supply of hand towels in the bathroom I like the paper to be thick and textured Z cautions The feel should be cotton than paperA less noble person would feel degraded Annabelle says without missing a beat but I take Z's assignment as a challenge In fact she's flattered to be the guardian of Z's psychic space thrilled to be enjoying status unlike anything she's ever experienced beforeTyping Z's manuscripts she can hardly believe that the master actually asks for her advice my arthritic half moon far reaching thought ? spine ?Before long Professor Z is asking Annabelle to steal flowers from public gardens around New York City and write descriptions of them for 2 a pop Wisteria like hysteria only it clings to a buildinga bunch of purple flowers hiding a sturdy vineWhen her own couplets show up in Z's celebrated poetry Annabelle is full of secret gratitude that she could help great art blossom But her humiliation is rounded out by some particularly bizarre sexual abuse at the hands of another depressed graduate student whose mentor died and left him in eternal academic limboWhat's sharpest about Weinstein's well metered wit is the way she sinks down into this elite subculture The whole shameful business has been presatirzed for decades but Weinstein a published poet herself knows where all the bodies are buried In the Rube Goldberg world of verse academics nominate their sycophantic colleagues to serve as judges of poetry foundations where they can reciprocate by awarding prizes to those professors And this leads to prestigious departments of creative writing that can hire friends who have favored them with glowing reviews in journals edited by their loversWeinstein saves some of her most brilliant moments for scenes of the poetry workshop a lush garden of posturing and veiled hostility If you've ever endured a poetry workshop you may want to skip this section could cause anapestic laughterEven as her innocence fades into experience Annabelle never grows bitter and one suspects that Weinstein despite the precision of her satire hasn't fallen into that refrain either To the last beat Annabelle retains the goodwill that brought her to Z's door so full of hope and appreciation for the real power of poetry And ultimately she sees the act of telling this story as a way toward liberation Even for those of us beyond the clutches of tenured taskmasters this is freedom worth celebratinghttpwwwcsmonitorcom20040420p1 Like The Devil Wears Prada for poets Really wasn’t sure I could keep reading Apprentice to the Flower poet Z The main character Annabelle is such a wimp She let’s Z use her in so many ways She gives her far work than she can possibly do while also being an undergrad And she’s asking her to buy presents for her lover help out a friend with shopping and cleaning take the subway all over New York to do research for her next book of poetry Soon Z’s husband and daughter are also asking Annabelle to do work for them It’s ridiculous But the story got under my skin I was a scholarship student and did work for two different professors; first the Botany professor Mr Kohl who had me watering the ground and kneeling in the wet mud to plant daffodils on a frigid February afternoon I got horribly sick afterwards The next year I worked for John Esposito who had me do research for his next book then took me in to help him during the summer I remember wanting to go on the March on Washington during the summer of 1968and he shamed me into typing his wife’s paper It seemed I was always typing her papers I remember him saying saving the world is one thing Helping your friends is important He and his wife visited my mother with me once The wife convinced my mother to invest in mutual funds she was promoting I think Jeanne Esposito had very little financial experience but my mom was snowed by her I guess I only heard about this after my mom lost most of the money she’d invested Nasty professors feeling that they can use their assistants in this way So that got to me as I read Annabelle felt so privileged to be Z’s lackey Z was the poet who had made her want to be a poet I still found it almost unbearable to read Annabelle is so utterly clueless And her boyfriend is similarly a literary “user” The story keeps getting worse and worse The ending doesn’t really satisfy I wonder if Goodread readers have read this book I want to see what others think Z is a must read for anyone who has logged time in a poetry workshop This published poet's first novel an All About Eve with literary grants Detroit Free Press is witty and generous The New York Times and a keenly observed droll satire Miami Herald While some critics found the constant word play and wit cloying and cited a few flat characters most reviewers praised Weinstein's energetic send up of the literary art scene Yes Annabelle is unbelievably clueless and her life isn't as distinct as the terrible Z's but this novel is sure footed and insightful where The Devil Wears Prada a novel with a similar plot falters Peppered with poetry some deliberately and hilariously awful some uite good Apprentice to the Flower Poet Z is an auspicious debut The St Petersburg Times This is an excerpt from a review published in Bookmarks magazine I enjoyed this book because I started my professional life working at a large University after receiving a graduate degree in English I mention this only because I think it heightened my curiosity about the book as well as my enjoyment of itThe other reviewers were fairly harsh in their criticism of the novel and I can't disagree with many of their statements but how can you reject the opportunity to read a book with such an enchanting title? And I enjoyed the unmasking of the very base fleur de mal Z I remember reading this in galleys while working at a bookstore and I remember hating it tremendously but mercifully that's all I remember about it Wait the word cartoonish is floating to mind Entertaining and clever A very funny book about a backstabbing demanding poet and her apprentice I really liked the poetry workshop scenes they are very true to life Charming and clever Annabelle is a winning narrator and Z her perfect foil The ending is satisfying and well earned Who knew poetry could be so funny? Bad not good I read this because of its insider's take on the American Poetry Establishmentand it is rather fun in a snarky sort of way My problem with it is that it is not convincing at all I read this a couple years ago so I am hazy on the details I started re reading it a couple weeks ago and uickly remembered why my first reaction had been negative I just don't believe much of itand it's not that I'm a big fan of a lot of big names in American poetry which is to say I was sympathetic to see it taken down hard But this novel didn't really deliver even this let alone the other stuff novels are supposed to do I'm sort of afraid that a lot of contemporary novels are like this one With a lot of surface snazzle reflexive irony unconvincing narrative self deprecationall adding up to not much