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Loved it. Beautifully written and somehow harrowing and hilarious, unflinching and redemptive. All in her irresistible voice. Genuine and wanton and wise. Felt like a new level of mastery from a poet who has long been a favorite of mine and one of America's best.
Bracing, amazing, wry-laugh-inducing collection from my favorite contemporary poet Kim addonizio. Worth keeping at your side over the course of the week to consume a few samples from time to time so you don't gobble it up all at once. A key line: “Writing it is like firing a nail gun into the center of a vanity mirror or slowly shaking a souvenir snow-globe of asbestos & shame to quiet an imaginary baby.”
Bawdy, skewering, given to drink, addonizio presents brilliant images (imaginary baby!) in an atmosphere that feels like a bar kept open after closing: honest, regretful, maudlin, hopeful, and wondering whether it’s possible to get one more.
Here’s a favorite:
TO THE WOMAN CRYING UNCONTROLLABLY IN THE NEXT STALL
If you ever woke in your dress at 4 a.m. ever closed your legs to someone you loved opened them for someone you didn’t moved against a pillow in the dark stood miserably on a beach seaweed clinging to your ankles paid good money for a bad haircut backed away from a mirror that wanted to kill you bled into the back seat for lack of a tampon if you swam across a river under rain sang using a dildo for a microphone stayed up to watch the moon eat the sun entire ripped out the stitches in your heart because why not if you think nothing & no one can / listen I love you joy is coming