- Hardcover: 96 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (August 15, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393068528
- ISBN-13: 978-0393068528
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.6 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,001,005 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lucifer at the Starlite: Poems 1st Edition
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From Publishers Weekly
Addonizio's gifts—clarity, wicked wit and directness about sex—remain on view in this, her fifth, collection, albeit with slightly diminishing returns. The Bay Area poet (What Is This Thing Called Love) extracts humor from headlines, takes comfort in the everyday and manages both to celebrate and to decry her complicated sexual self: My Heart, she says, is That initial-scarred tabletop,/ that tiny little dance floor... That dressing room in the fetish boutique... That funhouse, that horror, that soundtrack of screams. Verse about modern love can push the bounds of the art, or of the unartful: poems try coyly to say things/ disallowed from serious poetry/ and employ instead the lexicon of porn spam. Such work can certainly entertain. Less happily, poems based on fairy tales land too close to their older model, Anne Sexton, and poems about public catastrophes (Hurricane Katrina, the Asian tsunami of 2004, the Iraq war) end up neither funny nor seriously powerful. Some of Addonizio's best poems ought to be popular—a counterpart, as it were, to chick lit fiction (I lost you like that grape jawbreaker/ I'd saved for last) and far better technically than many kindred poets. Fans of Addonizio's prior books will find much to like, but newcomers might do better with earlier volumes. (Sept.)
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Bitter, urgent and unsparing, her poems are also at times jaw-droppingly brilliant. — San Diego Union-Tribune
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'Souls were arriving, souls were departing
amid the usual screaming and crying.
A lot of drinks were being tossed back,
a lot of women were thinking about their hair.
People were loving the quiet as snow fell,
burying the cars. More than one man
was thinking about his penis. Birds were landing
on statues, birds were snapping up insects...."
Never ceases to blow me away! LOVE!