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The author of the book: Kim Addonizio
Edition: W. W. Norton Company
Date of issue: August 17th 2005
ISBN 13: 9780393327090
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Reading poetry from a familiar poet and knowing it's going to be good is one thing, reading poetry from a poet you know nothing about and being blown away is quite another. Kim Addonizio has reaffirmed my faith that poetry in the 21st century is alive and kicking. Her verse is down to earth, dealing with everyday issues, and I love the fact she doesn't hold back, expressing her most intimate thoughts with a sexuality you can almost feel dripping from her words. It's uncomfortable and raw at times, provocative and edgy, but also sweepingly beautiful, exploring the pleasures of love, sex, the pains of mourning, and the efforts of motherhood. The first two parts of this five-part collection repeat single subjects as well, first the erotic life, then moving on to death, before getting lighter in tone towards the end. Addonizio touches on these subjects in a glancing and contemporary manner in a way that stretches, squeezes, and reshapes these topics to result in a brilliant collection. Written from the head, from the heart, and from the guts. This is in-your-face poetry that hits the core. Will definitely seek out more of her work.
Afterwards you had that drunk, drugged look
my daughter used to get, when she had let go
of my nipple, her mouth gone slack and her eyes
turned vague and filmy, as though behind them
the milk was rising up to fill her
whole head, that would loll on the small
white stalk of her neck so I would have to hold her
closer, amazed at the sheer power
of satiety, which was nothing like the needing
to be fed, the wild flailing and crying until she fastened
herself to me and made the seal tight
between us, and sucked, drawing the liquid down
and out of my body; no, this was the crowning
moment, this giving of herself, knowing
she could show me how helpless
she was—that’s what I saw, that night when you
pulled your mouth from mine and
leaned back against a chain-link fence,
in front of a burned-out church: a man
who was going to be that vulnerable,
that easy and impossible to hurt.
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Read information about the authorAuthor of several poetry collections including Tell Me, a National Book Award Finalist. My Black Angel is a book of blues poems with woodcuts by Charles D. Jones, from SFA Press. The Palace of Illusions is a story collection from Counterpoint/Soft Skull. A New & Selected, Wild Nights, is out in the UK from Bloodaxe Books.
2016 publications: Mortal Trash, new poems, from W.W. Norton, awarded the Paterson Poetry Prize. A memoir, Bukowski in a Sundress: Confessions from a Writing Life, from Penguin.
Two instructional books on writing poetry: The Poet's Companion (with Dorianne Laux), and Ordinary Genius: A Guide for the Poet Within.
First novel, Little Beauties, was published by Simon & Schuster and chosen as "Best Book of the Month" by Book of the Month Club. My Dreams Out in the Street, second novel, released by Simon & Schuster in 2007.
A new word/music CD, "My Black Angel, "is a collaboration with several musicians and contains all the poems in the book of that name. That and an earlier word/music CD with poet Susan Browne, "Swearing, Smoking, Drinking, & Kissing," available from cdbaby.com. There's an earlier book of stories, In the Box Called Pleasure (FC2); and the anthology Dorothy Parker's Elbow: Tattoos on Writers, Writers on Tattoos,, co-edited with Cheryl Dumesnil.
I teach poetry workshops at conferences and online through my web site. I also play blues harmonica, and I'm learning jazz flute. Music is a good place to focus when I'm in a writing slump.
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