Mortal Trash: Poems (Hardcover)

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“Kim Addonizio’s voice lifts from the page, alive and biting—unleashing wit with a ruthless observation.”—San Francisco Book Review

Passionate and irreverent, Mortal Trash transports the readers into a world of wit, lament, and desire. In a section called “Over the Bright and Darkened Lands,” canonical poems are torqued into new shapes. “Except Thou Ravish Me,” reimagines John Donne’s famous “Batter my heart, Three-person’d God” as told from the perspective of a victim of domestic violence. Like Pablo Neruda, Addonizio hears “a swarm of objects that call without being answered”: hospital crash carts, lawn gnomes, Evian bottles, wind-up Christmas creches, edible panties, cracked mirrors. Whether comic, elegiac, or ironic, the poems in Mortal Trash remind us of the beauty and absurdity of our time on earth.

From “Scrapbook”:

We believe in the one-ton rose

and the displaced toilet equally. Our blues

assume you understand

not much, and try to be alive, just as we do,

and that it may be helpful to hold the hand

of someone as lost as you.

About the Author

Kim Addonizio has authored twelve books of poetry and prose including Tell Me, a finalist for the National Book Award in poetry; Ordinary Genius; The Palace of Illusions; Lucifer at the Starlite; and Mortal Trash. She lives in Oakland, California.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780393249163
ISBN-10: 0393249166
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: June 28th, 2016
Pages: 112
Language: English