I adore this collection. It's tough and sweet, it's funny and smart. My favorite things.
I recommend this book to readers who want something new and surprising. This book will offend some and charm others. I'm on the charmed side. I like her style, her voice, her sass, and her strength. I carry this book in my purse. Huge compliment.
A poem from ROME originally published at Body Lit:
I AM EDDIE MURPHY
PRAISE for ROME:
“Dorothea Lasky's ROME is dark, fearlessly frank, unabashedly vulnerable and full of real live heart. In line after incantatory line, these poems catch me up, and the raw, stark truth of them holds me rapt, like a spell—something meant to console even as it chastens—and so I understand that what they are built from, and building upon, is the animating energy all true language houses. This is unforgettable work from a poet of urgent and inimitable voice.” (Tracy K. Smith, author of Life on Mars)
“Beginning with her debut, AWE, Dorothea Lasky has been perfecting a simplicity that is as learnedly classical as it is up to the moment, as panther-like in its elegance as it is, like a panther, brutal. 'In face of everything,' she warns, 'I write loud words,' but under their loudness, as in their simplicity, a great complexity of insight and feeling converges and resounds. Love, wrath, desire, happiness, sorrow, despair and even disgust—all the human affects are called on and considered here, and in elemental form, tempered only by wit (never by politeness or piety). No one else is writing poetry as boldly colored, unabashed, and wildly human as Lasky's is, and ROME is her best book yet.” (Timothy Donnelly, author of The Cloud Corporation)
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