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Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals (Poets, Penguin) [Kindle Edition]

Patricia Lockwood
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A breathtaking new collection from one of today’s boldest and most adventurous poets

Colloquial and incantatory, the poems in Patricia Lockwood’s second collection address the most urgent questions of our time, like: what if a deer did porn? Is America going down on Canada? What happens when Niagara Falls gets drunk at a wedding? Is it legal to marry a stuffed owl exhibit? What would Walt Whitman’s tit-pics look like? Why isn’t anyone named Gary anymore? Did the Hatfield and McCoy babies ever fall in love? The steep tilt of Lockwood’s lines sends the reader snowballing downhill, accumulating pieces of the scenery with every turn. The poems’ subject is the natural world, but their images would never occur in nature. This book is serious and funny at the same time, like a big grave with a clown lying in it.

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Editorial Reviews


Starred review. "With her second collection, Lockwood (Balloon Pop Outlaw Black) continues to develop a poetics that interrogates those categories to which societies pledge allegiance: nation, gender, nature, and sexuality. Nothing is off limits here and often the poems' responses to their subjects -- whether natural, political, or epistemological -- are a fumbling, projective sexual ecstasy. ... Lockwood's poems register the full force of what they deliver and yet admirably refuse to see that as a reason to back away." -- Publishers Weekly

"Lockwood has written a book at once angrier, and more fun, more attuned to our time and more bizarre, than most poetry can ever get." -- Stephen Burt, The New York Times Book Review

"Most of her best lines are wildly unprintable here. ... The little hairs on my back rose often while reading Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals, as if it were the year of the big wind. That's biological praise, the most fundamental kind, impossible to fake." -- Dwight Garner, The New York Times

"Patricia Lockwood's Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals is a collection of wildly original poems: obscene, sharp, and funny. ... The whole collection is unforgettable, literally: once read, it cannot be forgotten." -- NPR

About the Author

Patricia Lockwood was born in a trailer in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and raised in all of the worst cities of the Midwest. Her debut collection, Balloon Pop Outlaw Black, was released in 2012. Her poems have appeared in the New Yorker, Tin House, the London Review of Books, Poetry, Slate, and The Awl. She lives in Kansas City, Missouri.

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  • File Size: 3052 KB
  • Print Length: 81 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0143126520
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (May 27, 2014)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GAH3R0M
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this book. Now. (But in paperback.) June 3, 2014
By A. Ark
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I've read the reviews of "Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals" (the highest-profile all written by men so far, as writer Mallory Ortberg points out), and maybe because Patricia Lockwood's poetry instantly took up so much space in my head I was stunned to see that there are none as yet on Amazon. This collection is to modern poetry as a butterfly flying is to a butterfly pinned. I found Lockwood's work online while reading the Oxford and Library of America poetry anthologies (in the Oxford, as an aside, the youngest poets were born in 1950), and her work is so vivid and clear-voiced that it makes most of those thousands of poems seem dead as dirt. (Or, you know, that pinned dead butterfly.)

Most of Lockwood's poetry seems excavated (by "a pickaxe a passion and a patience," which to my mind works just as well to describe her creative process as it works to describe a [soft-tissue] fossil excavation in one of the book's early poems). The shape of it has been there underfoot, we've been stepping all over it, but Lockwood was the expert to uncover its shape. In this collection I had expected, from what the reviews emphasized, to find self-consciously naughty poems; I was so pleasantly surprised to find much more. A few standouts are "Factories Are Everywhere in Poetry Right Now," with its killer last line; "Love Poem Like We Used to Write It (the breakdown of "small brown paw"); "Natural Dialogue Grows in the Woods," (everything leading up to the lovely "Probably, probably/With the probly and the prolly and the loblolly pines"); "And I thought, 'This is not something Emily Dickinson would have done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wildly Impressive. But What Do I Know? June 21, 2014
By J. Cox
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Poetry-wise, I am lost. Sometimes I still try to read it, but usually give up after the first few lines. I'm not the only one, I'm sure.

Once upon a time in Ohio -- this is true -- I sat on the floor in a student-jammed room just a few arms' lengths from Allen Ginsberg. And nothing he said connected with me. Nothing. My major take-away was that Mr. Ginsburg, before he sat down, unbuckled his belt, unbuttoned his jeans, and unzipped his fly. Was he symbolically getting naked in front of the crowd or were his jeans too tight? I don't know! But I'm sitting in the midst of all this High Literary Seriousness not getting it, feeling irrelevant, looking at Ginsberg's belt buckle flopped over and hanging in space. That pretty well summarizes my experience with poetry.

Patricia Lockwood, however, is the exception. I never read the NY Times anymore, but I did on that Sunday when Lichtenstein's piece on her appeared. She seemed to be a very intriguing person. Her whole family, her dad the priest, the sight-impaired husband who champions her, her brother the Marine, the mom who sticks up for her -- intriguing people, and a real family from what I could discern.

So I bought her book, Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals. And guess what: there is still a lot I don't understand. But I am here to tell you that the woman truly has it. Don't know exactly what 'it' is, don't know what to call it, but she's got it big time.

Her writing shape-shifts. The inanimate comes alive and speaks. Land becomes personified and sexual. I often had to wonder, who or what is saying this? A lot of images and phrases re-appear from poem to poem. "Between two legs." Hawks. Fire and burning. An igniting match becomes the eye seeing the flame or vice versa. Geography (!
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Patricia Lockwood's Long Lines July 3, 2014
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Patricia Lockwood's poems abound with long phrases, long sentences, long lines. She does go on and on. As she admits, "I talk you to death, / or else your ear off, / or else you to sleep." Gabbiness helps account for both her poetic strength and weakness. What does she talk about? Nature, mostly -- which doesn't mean cute lambs or peaceful meadows. For Lockwood, nature is a churning, roaring force, forever oozing, secreting, ejaculating. Sex is everywhere and almost anything can be sexual. She writes how a little boy longs to see "something / undress, even if only a lake and a sailboat." She can compare writing to urinating, and such comparisons help make her poems startling. But too many, instead of building to climaxes, just dribble along (and given Lockwood's tendency to regard all words as suggestive, that sentence can have multiple implications!), Lockwood is now most famous, even notorious, for "Rape Joke," a frank account of an assault that some people have found distasteful because rapes aren't funny. But Lockwood doesn't think so, either, as her poem makes clear in one powerful statement after another. It's the book's best poem, in part because it's so focused.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I now read poetry. June 10, 2014
By JML816
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I read about Patricia Lockwood in New York Times Magazine and promptly ordered a copy of her first book, then, because I was impatient, I bought Motherland Fatherland for Kindle. I'm in love with poetry. Or I'm in awe. These poems are amazing and amusing, sexy and deep. They're sitting in my head and slowly working their way into my days and dreams. I love "Revealing Nature Photographs," "Natural Dialogue Grows in the Woods," "The Father and Mother of American Tit-Pics." Patricia Lockwood is both an uber cool young person of our day (she drops poetry sexts on twitter), and a literary heavyweight. Look for her in marble, but I recommend checking out her book today.
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I am going to buy this book, or maybe I will just review the book. I think the internet is for adults. The cover of the book is creepy. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Sam Crouch
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Published 25 days ago by JK
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very interesting poems, unusual word-smithing and story lines.
Published 27 days ago by Geonomeak
2.0 out of 5 stars Bought this because it was recommended by the Strand Bookshop in NYC
Not my cup of tea. Bought this because it was recommended by the Strand Bookshop in NYC.
Published 1 month ago by Gift Card Recipient
2.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps just not for me.
Unusual but perhaps just not for me. I was looking for some kind of different poetry and this is certainly one.
Published 1 month ago by Tom Falcon
1.0 out of 5 stars Poems that Ape for the Camera
The most ridiculous far...this year...

The author's poems ape for the camera...

And a cloying appeal for acceptance... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Chris Roberts
3.0 out of 5 stars Quirky
quirky new voice; "Rape Joke" is powerful--with all its understatement and indirection.
Published 2 months ago by Timothy E. Green
5.0 out of 5 stars this book is amazing. Please read
Frankly, this book is amazing. Please read!
Published 2 months ago by Tiffany C. Hoyt
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing book
Lockwood writes like someone who's trying to write poetry. She writes for other poets, not for otherwise intelligent, educated people. She hides. She's clever, yes. Read more
Published 2 months ago by uly46
5.0 out of 5 stars A poet you should read (even if you don't "like" poetry
Lockwood is the second coming of Margaret Atwood as a poet, except with a crazed use of nearly pornographic imagery and a torrent of words. Read more
Published 3 months ago by D.S. Cahr
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