Let's Not Live on Earth

Let's Not Live on Earth

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Sarah Blake follows up her previous book of poetry, Mr. West, with a stunning second collection about anxieties and injury. Blake uses self-consciousness as a tool for transformation, looking so closely at herself that she moves right through the looking glass and into the larger world. Fear becomes palpable through the classification of monsters and through violences made real. When the poems find themselves in the domestic realm, something is always under threat. The body is never safe, nor are the ghosts of the dead. But these poems are not about cowering. By detailing the dangers we face as humans, as Americans, and especially as women, these poems suggest we might find a way through them. The final section of the book is a feminist, science fiction epic poem, "The Starship," which explores the interplay of perception and experience as it follows the story of a woman who must constantly ask herself what she wants as her world shifts around her.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 7.62mm | 181.44g
  • Wesleyan University Press
  • Hanover, United States
  • English
  • 0819577650
  • 9780819577658

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"Blake does an impressive job teasing out the complications of such a society."--Publishers Weekly (starred review) "Blake does an impressive job teasing out the complications of such a society."--Brian Spears, The Rumpus

"[A] fusion of lyric and narrative laced with a heady blend of pop culture -- monsters, zombies -- and science fiction. And it all has bearing on the issues of the day, without ever preaching, just laying out the possibilities and, even more, the worrisome ambiguities."--Frank Wilson, The Philadelphia Inquirer
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About Sarah Blake

SARAH BLAKE is the founder of the online writing tool Submittrs, an editor at Saturnalia Books, and a recipient of an NEA Literature Fellowship. Her poetry has appeared in Boston Review, Drunken Boat, FIELD, and The Threepenny Review. She lives outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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3 7% (2)
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