That Strapless Bra
holds up Sarah Sarai as a keen observer of the world. With wit and sardonic reflections, Sarai brings poems that fuel a long ride.
Julie R. Enszer, author of Avowed, Lilith's Demons, Sisterhood, and editor of Sinister Wisdom
If it is to be of any value / a story will be misunderstood" - that's Sarah Sarai in That Strapless Bra in Heaven. A visionary who can't quite keep a straight face, a prophet quicker to laughter than judgment, Sarai is a virtuoso of the one-liner - "too much is as it seems" - but she works with a vast cultural canvas, and sorrow and a thirst for the real underlie, the scintillating eloquence. Dante's journey is a dream, Stalin's famine never ends, Dido weeps in the city she built, humans wander through a world of staggering beauty never quite knowing how to love each other: "What do monkeys worry about? / Our imaginations grown dim?" The Strapless Bra in Heaven is a roller coaster, but it's grounded in what we once called wisdom. Sarai's new book is a thrilling read.
D. Nurkse, author of Love in the Last Days: After Tristan and Iseult; The Border Kingdom; The Fall
"light... in the unnavigable dead end" / these poems are as truthful as Sarah herself & a bit surreal / they are both weighty & cunning // unmask gender / benders / dilemmas & tyrants / nasty politics & social disgrace in all areas & eras often merging them while encompassing & compressing the personal & objective past & future with the present. "You dreamed you were a prophet... You awoke an anarchist... ready to kill" / Sarah sorts out socio-political angst / trickery & self-righteous humanism / while tackling that "mountain pass from child / hood to the freeing squalor..." "Reader, if you were seam... I'd take you out anywhere..." / "you are the first line of this poem... this poem exists for you..." / "you're not dead you're middle aged..." / "I say good riddance... though I'll miss myself..." these poems reveal, as Sarah puts it, "the artist's confidence to create celestial buoyancy..." / wake up, sleeper. at times biblical / never preachy. read them & weep / laugh / ponder. i wish you more than luck, Sarah. i wish you much success.
Steve Dalachinsky is author of where night and day become one: the french poems, 1983 - 2017. He received a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2014.
About the Author
Sarah Sarai's poems have been published in Threepenny Review, Mississippi Review, ELEVEN ELEVEN and many others journals. Her fiction in Weber Studies, South Dakota Review, Tampa Review, Fairy Tale Review and others. She has been adjunct in writing at an assortment of colleges, works as a copyeditor and lives in New York City where she is writing a second poetry collection and novels.