Human Dark with Sugar

By Brenda Shaughnessy

In her moment e-book, winner of the celebrated James Laughlin Award, Brenda Shaughnessy faucets into topics that experience encouraged period after period of poets. Love. intercourse. discomfort. The heavens. The lack of time. the bizarre miracle of conception. half confessional, half manhattan institution, and half simply simple lover of the English language, Shaughnessy distills the large questions into sharp rhythms and welcoming lyrics. "You're a device, moon. / Now, midday. There's a hero." grasp of various dictions, she dwells right here on quirky phrases, mouthfuls of consonance and assonance—anodyne, astrolabe, alizarin—then catches her readers up brief with a string of robust monosyllables. "I'll take / a 12 months of that. simply provide it again to me." as well as its verbal play, Human darkish With Sugar demonstrates the poet's ease in a number of genres, from "Three Sorries" (in which the speaker concludes, "I'm now not sorry. now not sorry at all"), to a series of prose poems on a lover's physique, to the dialogue of a stressful dream. during this caffeine jolt of a e-book, Shaughnessy confirms her prestige as a poet of intoxicating traces, pointed, poignant reviews on love, and compelling summary photographs —not the least of that's human darkish with sugar.


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I didn’t write that. I scratched it on a rock and skipped the rock. Brownie, the purple oranges are placing just in the back of your head. It’s the lifestyles you can’t see. If I grew to become your head, you’d nonetheless only see the turning. no longer fruit. now not me. yet legs moved to end up you got here at all. finally, we have been napping and fucking and it used to be fall. Now at the hours of darkness brown darkish, it’s chilly and white. Your eyes are mostly plural like fish sleepfloating of their zones, no souls, yet thirsty. at the mouth of the cave, there is an icicle that had no means here in summer time. Now it melts down and refreezes into the form of a wishbone or rainy legs to flee on. i'm going to holiday them either and placed all of it in a cup. I’ll want for water, that is, waste a want on what will already come. Please don’t depart. Please drink it. I’m ready for midday to turn into hour of darkness and that you can drink it. concerning the writer Brenda Shaughnessy is the writer of inside with surprising pleasure. Her poems were released in Bomb, Conjunctions, McSweeney’s, the hot Yorker, The Paris overview, and in different places. She is the poetry editor of Tin apartment journal and has taught poetry at many associations, together with Eugene Lang university and Princeton collage. She lives in Brooklyn together with her husband and son. Acknowledgments I’d wish to thank the editors of the next guides within which those poems seemed, occasionally in a bit of diverse types. Bomb: “I’m Over the Moon,” “Three Summers Mark in basic terms Years,” “Straight’s the hot homosexual” Born. com: “Fathometer” Boston assessment: “Sorry, T. ” The Canary: “One Love tale, 8 Takes” Colorado evaluate: “This enjoyed physique” Columbia Poetry overview: “A Poet’s Poem,” “Moth loss of life at the Windowsill,” “A Brown Age” Conjunctions: “Breasted panorama” Gulf Coast: “First Date and nonetheless Very Very Lonely,” “Dancing by myself in my Room” Isn’t It Romantic: a hundred Love Poems by way of more youthful American Poets: “Me in Paradise” jubilat: “Drift,” “Three Sorries” McSweeney’s: “I’m Over the Moon,” “Why Is the colour of Snow? ” Nerve. com: “I’m excellent at Feelings,” “Me in Paradise” The New Yorker: “Magician” The Paris evaluate: “Embarrassment” Quarterly West: “Parthenogenesis,” “Magic Turns to Math and again” Radcliffe Quarterly: “Spring in area: A Lecture” Copyright 2008 by means of Brenda Shaughnessy All rights reserved conceal paintings: Judith Linhares, lots, 2002. Oil on linen, fifty eight x seventy eight inches. Courtesy of Edward Thorp Gallery, ny. aid Copper Canyon Press: in case you have loved this name, please think about assisting Copper Canyon Press and our commitment to bringing the paintings of rising, proven, and world-renowned poets to an increasing viewers via eBooks: www. coppercanyonpress. org/pages/donation. asp touch Copper Canyon Press: To touch us with suggestions approximately this identify ship an e mail to: eBooks@coppercanyonpress.

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