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Last Sext 1st Edition
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“The poems of Melissa Broder pull off a strange and compelling trick: to exist meatily, viscerally, and even bloodily at the center of a void. Holes thump through the pages, blankness crunches bone, zeros growl with hunger. Each line is a little heartbeat hurling down the abyss.”
- Patricia Lockwood
“Broder's poems offer a postmodern twist on the confessional, and they push for action in the face of despair.”
- Publishers Weekly
“Melissa Broder is absolutely one of the most important poets writing today. Her poems eviscerate the reader with their misty and murky charm, with their ability to say what is and not what should be, for their love of life and the sensual, for their knowledge of what it is like to be a person right now. Last Sext is a master work, a text of brilliance written in a dusky field, for all of us. 'Can you feel it?' is what it asks us. And we must answer: for chrissakes, of course, yes.”
- Dorothea Lasky
“Broder has a virtuosic sense of herself and is able to convey, through poetry, the form of her whole mind process. In turn, we see our deepest selves reflected back.”
- Daniel Lopatin
“With her fourth poetry collection, Melissa Broder demonstrates just how powerful her existential musings can be. . . . Last Sext is carried by longing, fear, and the mystery of mortality - in an absolutely stunning way.”
- Large Hearted Boy
“Broder has built a career on brutally strange, introspective encounters with language. . . [Her] best poems invoke haunting repetition in an almost ballad-like incantation, allowing her lyrics to make stunning, unexpected turns of brilliance.”
“[A] provoking collection that spews and spits desperation and sensuality.”
- Format Magazine
About the Author
Melissa Broder is the author of three poetry collections, most recently Scarecrone. She is also the author of the essay collection So Sad Today. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, the Iowa Review, Tin House, Guernica, Fence, the Missouri Review, and the Awl among others. Broder holds a BA from Tufts University and an MFA from City College of New York. She lives in Venice, California.
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My favorite poem was Broken Ocean.
But then the water grows dark and recedes
I guess it is self-protection
To imagine the part where the water grows dark and recedes
I need a jumping-off point to this image
Love is the jumping-off point to this image
But love isn't even the water
Real love is the light
Don't you know that yet?
The water is something else
As anything that grows dark and recedes
Is something else not love
Fine then I don't want love
Fine then I don't want love
I want the water
I also really enjoyed the poem Litter where Broder compares feelings to dogs that you can either tend to or ignore as they feed themselves. She returns to the idea of feelings being dogs a few more times, making those poems hit harder than they would have otherwise.