Trouble in Mind
By (author) Lucie Brock-Broido
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Trouble in Mind by Lucie Brock-Broido
Book DescriptionWith "Trouble in Mind, " her long-awaited third collection, Lucie Brock-Broido has written her most exceptional poems to date. There is a new clarity to her work, a disquieting transparency, even in the midst of the wild thickets of language for which she is known. A poet "at the border of her own allegory," Brock-Broido searches for a lexicon adequate to the extremities of experience-a quest that is as capricious as it is uncompromising. In the process, she reveals, unsparingly, things as they are. In "Pamphlet on Ravening" she recalls, "I was a hunger artist once, as well. / My bones had shone. / I had had rapture on my side."""The book""is laced with sequences: haunted, odd self-portraits; a succession of poems provoked by discarded titles by Wallace Stevens; an intermittent series of fractured and beguiling lyrics that she variously refers to as fragments, leaflets, and apologues. "Trouble in Mind" is a book that astonishes us afresh at the agility and the uncanny will of language, which Brock-Broido is not afraid to follow where it may lead her: "That the name of bliss is only in the diminishing / (As far as possible) of pain. That I had quit / The quiet velvet cult of it, / Yet trouble came." Even trouble, in Brock-Broido's idiom, becomes something resplendent. "From the Hardcover edition."
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780375710223
(234mm x 158mm x 7mm)
Imprint: Alfred A. Knopf
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Publish Date: 15-Jan-2006
Country of Publication: United States
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Lucie Brock-Broido's poetry conjures what is half-known, at the limits of experience, in language fierce with a living glitter. This title introduces Brock-Broido's poetry to British readers with generous selections from her three acclaimed collections: "A Hunger", "The Master Letters and Trouble in Mind".
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Author Biography - Lucie Brock-Broido
Lucie Brock-Broido is the author of two previous collections of poetry, "A Hunger" and "The Master Letters." She is Director of Poetry in the School of the Arts at Columbia University, and has taught previously at Harvard University, the Bennington Writing Seminars, and Princeton University. She has been the recipient of awards from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in New York City and in Cambridge, Massachusetts. "From the Hardcover edition."
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