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When You Say One Thing but Mean Your Mother Paperback – February 7, 2010
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This debut from Broder...is as funny and hip as it is disturbing. Poems with titles like Where Is Your Vampire and Not Quite Ready for the NRA feature jumpy, accessible lines about love and lust in a drug- and media-fueled world...These poems are also quirkily compassionate...sexy, and at times even gross... Throughout, Broder searches for a place to stand, and for an object for her considerable sympathies. This is a bright and unusual debut. --Publisher's Weekly
Lusty, obsessive, and drug-fueled are words not usually used to describe a book of poems but in this case, they apply. Melissa Broder's work offers readers a rush, buzz, panoply of pop culture, as well as her own boisterous brand of dark humor. But be warned: behind the irrepressible excess, an extremely clear-headed and sharp-witted poet is taking notes. Her unique gift for being both grounded and giddy at once gives this writing its delightfully wicked edge. --Elaine Equi, Ripple Effect
Melissa Broder's poems are bad-ass ninja assassins smoking Camel straights and drinking Tab in blood-soaked satin tutus. Her new book is full of tightly-crafted, controlled explosions... "Did you vomit in my shower?" begins a poem, and continues to progress in discoveries. When you think she can't get any wilder, she climbs yet another rung...She speaks in many tongues, and all of them bite. --Jennifer L. Knox, Drunk By Noon
About the Author
Melissa Broder is also the author of MEAT HEART (Publishing Genius Press, 2012) and WHEN YOU SAY ONE THING BUT MEAN YOUR MOTHER (Ampersand Books, 2010), which Publishers Weekly calls "as funny and hip as it is disturbing." Poems appear or are forthcoming in Guernica, Redivider, The Missouri Review online, Drunken Boat, Court Green, Barrelhouse, Opium and more. She edits the online journal La Petite Zine and curates the Polestar Poetry Series. By day she is a publicity manager at Penguin. She lives in Brooklyn.
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This is decidedly not your mother's poetry. Thank god for that. Full of junkies, Jews, and Johnny Walker, these poems smile at you sweetly with razor blades in their cheeks. But for all the sharp wit and brand names the volume never loses sight of the essential humanity ("You are already forgiven. / You know that, / don't you?"). The underlying weight (but not heaviness) of Broder's excellent debut makes When You Say One Thing But Mean Your Mother easy to read and reread.