Stay, Illusion

Stay, Illusion

Book - 2013
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Random House, Inc.
National Book Award Finalist

Stay, Illusion, the much-anticipated volume of poems by Lucie Brock-Broido, illuminates the broken but beautiful world she inhabits. Her poems are lit with magic and stark with truth: whether they speak from the imagined dwelling of her “Abandonarium,” or from habitats where animals are farmed and harmed “humanely,” or even from the surreal confines of death row, they find a voice like no other—dazzling, intimate, startling, heartbreaking.

Eddying between the theater of the lavish and the enigmatic, between the gaudy and the unadorned, Brock-Broido’s verse scours America for material to render unflinchingly the here and now. Grandeur devolves into a comic irony: “We have come to terms with our Self / Like a marmoset getting out of her Great Ape suit.” She dares the unexplained: “The wings were left ajar / At the altar where I’ve knelt all night, trembling, leaning, rough / As sugar raw, and sweet.” Each poem is a rebellious chain of words: “Be good, they said, and so too I was / Good until I was not.” Strange narratives, interior and exterior, make a world that is foreign and yet our own; like Dickinson, Brock-Broido constructs a spider-sibling, commanding the “silk spool of the recluse as she confects her eventual mythomania.” And why create the web? Because: “If it is written down, you can’t rescind it.”

Baker & Taylor
Presents a collection of poems which explore imagination, myth, violence, the treament of animals, and the death penalty in America.

& Taylor

The award-winning author of Trouble in Mind presents a latest collection of poetic works that raise the parameters of her literary oeuvre to a new level, sharing insight into her use of unflinching, ironic language while describing the disparities between the perceived allure of her inner world and the compelling visible world.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2013
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9780307962027
Branch Call Number: 811.54 BRO
Characteristics: viii, 100 pages ; 24 cm


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JCLJessecaB May 04, 2018

I love this collection. Brock-Broido's style is so lyrical and evocative, with the perfect balance between light and dark imagery. Stay, Illusion even has a nod to one of my favorite Shirley Jackson novels with a poem of the same title, We Have Always Lived In The Castle. I think if you like Richard Siken's poetry then you'll like Stay, Illusion as well.


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