Mortal Trash: Poems

Kim Addonizio (Author)
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Description

Passionate and irreverent, Mortal Trash transports the readers into a world of wit, lament, and desire. In a section called "Over the Bright and Darkened Lands," canonical poems are torqued into new shapes. "Except Thou Ravish Me," reimagines John Donne's famous "Batter my heart, Three-person'd God" as told from the perspective of a victim of domestic violence. Like Pablo Neruda, Addonizio hears "a swarm of objects that call without being answered" hospital crash carts, lawn gnomes, Evian bottles, wind-up Christmas creches, edible panties, cracked mirrors. Whether comic, elegiac, or ironic, the poems in Mortal Trash remind us of the beauty and absurdity of our time on earth.

From "Scrapbook"

We believe in the one-ton rose
and the displaced toilet equally. Our blues

assume you understand
not much, and try to be alive, just as we do,

and that it may be helpful to hold the hand
of someone as lost as you.

Product Details

Price
$15.95  $14.67
Publisher
W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date
August 01, 2017
Pages
112
Dimensions
5.4 X 8.0 X 0.4 inches | 0.35 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780393354348
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About the Author

Kim Addonizio is the author of eight poetry collections, two novels, two story collections, and two books on writing poetry: The Poet's Companion (with Dorianne Laux) and Ordinary Genius. Her poetry collection Tell Me was a finalist for the National Book Award, and her 2016 collection, Mortal Trash, won the Paterson Poetry Prize. Addonizio's awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, among other honors. She lives in Oakland, California.

Reviews

A brash, irreverent look at the physical and emotional refuse produced in our self-absorbed culture.
Addonizio shows how our culture and surroundings will test us again and again.
Comic, elegiac, and ironic meditations.