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Lucifer at the Starlite: Poems Paperback – January 31, 2011
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“Lucifer at the Starlite sounds like a glam-rock show and holds many poems that hurtle forward, filled with emotion that doesn't spill into sentimentality.” (San Francisco Chronicle)
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"Some men aren't content with mere breakage, they've got to burn you to the ground.
Some men you've reduced to ashes are finally dusting themselves off."
But whatever the interplay between pieces, such poems always amount to a whole; they arrive at a hardboiled wisdom -- hardboiled, & then diced & mixed with mayo & celery & served on chewy rye. I mean that, even when Addonizio turns reflective & serious during LUCIFER's final section, as in "God Ode" or "In the Evening" (a lovely & hurting meditation on taking care of an aging mother), she never strays into the precious. She never betrays the brass-in-pocket worldliness of the woman who seems a model for her, namely, Dorothy Parker. Nonetheless, in LUCIFER this poem's disappointed toughness allows room for a lot of the larger world, more than ever in her career. The opener, "November 11th," riffs side-of-the-mouth & street-smart on all the day's dead, then loses some of its lightheartedness as it meditates on Iraqi & American dead, then abruptly arrives at a loss more chilling because more close to home:
"I almost forgot my neighbor's niece, 16 and puking
in Kaiser Emergency, the cause a big mystery
until the autopsy -- toxic shock syndrome,
of all things -- I thought that was history, too,
but I guess girls are still dying; who knew! I run..."
That "who knew!Read more ›
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I loved, loved these poems! I highly recommend this book. It is so well done, and the technique of the poems is unique. I enjoyed it.Published 7 months ago by Deborah