Bright Dead Things

Bright Dead Things

Poems

Book - 2015
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Bright Dead Things examines the chaos that is life, the dangerous thrill of living in a world you know you have to leave one day, and the search to find something that is ultimately "disorderly, and marvelous, and ours."

A book of bravado and introspection, of 21st century feminist swagger and harrowing terror and loss, this fourth collection considers how we build our identities out of place and human contact--tracing in intimate detail the various ways the speaker's sense of self both shifts and perseveres as she moves from New York City to rural Kentucky, loses a dear parent, ages past the capriciousness of youth, and falls in love. Lim#65533;n has often been a poet who wears her heart on her sleeve, but in these extraordinary poems that heart becomes a "huge beating genius machine" striving to embrace and understand the fullness of the present moment. "I am beautiful. I am full of love. I am dying," the poet writes. Building on the legacies of forebears such as Frank O'Hara, Sharon Olds, and Mark Doty, Lim#65533;n's work is consistently generous and accessible--though every observed moment feels complexly thought, felt, and lived.
Publisher: Minneapolis, Minnesota : Milkweed Editions, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781571314710
1571314717
Characteristics: 105 pages

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EvaELPL May 09, 2017

Some of the most evocative, gut-punching poetry I've ever read. A stunning exploration of language and life.

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