The Favorite


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$15.95  $14.83
Golden Antelope Press
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.23 inches | 0.36 pounds

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Lucinda Watson's poems are upsetting in the way that powerful poetry always is: The images are sensuous and provocative, but also suggestive of pain and regret. A charmed, privileged life--deconstructed.

David Ignatius, columnist for the Washington Post and author of The Paladin

Poetry as memoir and memoir as poetry-Lucinda Watson brings both together to take us with her on a truly captivating life journey.

Peter Andreas, Brown University, author of Killer High: A History of War in Six Drugs

Through poems that are as precise they are free-wheeling, as reserved as they are unapologetic, as private as they are confessional and public, The Favorite recasts the archetypal hero's journey as a heroine's journey. Watson tenderly, yet unabashedly, speaks to the allure and trappings of womanhood as she traces its arc from the innocent expectations of a girl, to the fear of a teenager forced to conform, ... to a fully actuated woman who is self-aware and fully alive with all her past and her future, her pain and healing, her losses and her newfound hopes.

Richard Blanco, Presidential Inaugural Poet, 2013, author of How to Love a Country

The Favorite is an arrow to the heart.

Cig Harvey, internationally acclaimed photographer, author of You An Orchestra You A Bomb

Lucinda Watson's engrossing collection... is a sweeping exploration of what it is to be a daughter, a lover, and a woman. Watson's potent, often witty insights are spun through with unexpected imagery. One important thread is her private rebellion and deepening self-awareness as she explores her relationship with her powerful father. These are skillfully wrought, deeply insightful poems of humanity, sexuality and loss.

Brett Hall Jones, Director of the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley

Lucinda Watson's The Favorite is a remarkable debut collection. These finely crafted poems begin with a passionate and, at times, uncomfortable exploration of family relationships. There is privilege, travel--and the frequent trips she takes as a child continue literally and metaphorically into adulthood, motherhood and difficult relationships. Every poem seems effortless with graceful lines, affectionate tones, and lucid eloquence. The illumination at the center of even the darkest poems transcends loss ... and celebrates the wonder and reward of being human.

Kevin Pilkington, Sarah Lawrence College, author of The Unemployed Man Who Became a Tree

Finding The Favorite is like opening a secret journal lush with language that evokes our own lost memories....

Joyce Tenneson, Lifetime Achievement winner, Professional Photographers of America

Watson's narrative voice is deceptively simple, its underlying power achieved through such devices as well-calculated line endings that ... enact the poem's movement, as when halting at a "rest stop." ... Prose poems overflow their containers, giving a sense of pressured speech.

Kirkus Review

Watson's poetry packs tragic punches, and yet is leavened with moments of good humor, exquisite beauty and primal desire. ... [She] holds ... broken things together in her hands, helping us see their original shape and how they've changed. She wraps her words around moments of beauty, however elusive they might be.

Aarik Danielsen, The Columbia Daily Tribune