National Book Award Finalist
"Stay, Illusion," the much-anticipated volume of poems by Lucie
Brock-Broido, illuminates the broken but beautiful world she
inhabits. Her poems are lit with magic and stark with truth:
whether they speak from the imagined dwelling of her
"Abandonarium," or from habitats where animals are farmed and
harmed "humanely," or even from the surreal confines of death row,
they find a voice like no other--dazzling, intimate, startling,
Eddying between the theater of the lavish and the enigmatic,
between the gaudy and the unadorned, Brock-Broido's verse scours
America for material to render unflinchingly the here and now.
Grandeur devolves into a comic irony: "We have come to terms with
our Self / Like a marmoset getting out of her Great Ape suit." She
dares the unexplained: "The wings were left ajar / At the altar
where I've knelt all night, trembling, leaning, rough / As sugar
raw, and sweet." Each poem is a rebellious chain of words: "Be
good, they said, and so too I was / Good until I was not." Strange
narratives, interior and exterior, make a world that is foreign and
yet our own; like Dickinson, Brock-Broido constructs a
spider-sibling, commanding the "silk spool of the recluse as she
confects her eventual mythomania." And why create the web? Because:
"If it is written down, you can't rescind it."
"From the Hardcover edition."
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