I picked up a copy of this book at the Brooklyn Book Festival after hearing my friend Hannah talking about Tao Lin’s work both to me and a few people at the Melville House booth. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect; I’ve never been much of a poetry fan, although there are a few exceptions. Tao Lin’s Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy is now one of them.
I have read this book, Lin’s second published collection of poetry (I have yet to read the first), twice now. The first time I read it through, I took my time, trying to let myself absorb each poem and really let them sink in. This was incredibly difficult, because I was hooked from the very first poem (i will learn how to love a person and then i will teach you and then we will know), and wanted to read the rest right then and there. I managed to stop myself, though, and allowed myself to take my time in reading them so that it took me a week to finish the collection. I didn’t bother taking my time with the second reading, and it gave me a different experience, but the end result was the same: I want to read more of Lin’s work.
You can read the rest of my review at my blog: http://readerlymusings.com/2013/09/30/book-review-cognitive-behavioral-therapy-by-tao-lin/