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Lucifer at the Starlite: Poems (Paperback)

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"Addonizio doesn't do pretty; beneath her considerable wit is a wickedly sharp edge."—Library Journal, starred review

With both passion and precision, Lucifer at the Starlite explores life’s dual nature: good and evil, light and dark, suffering and moments of unexpected joy. Whether looking outward to events on the world stage—the war in Iraq, the 2004 Asian tsunami—or inward at struggles with the self, these poems aim at the heart and against the feeling that Lucifer may have already won the day.

from “Lucifer at the Starlite”

     Here’s my bright idea for life on earth:

     better management. The CEO

     has lost touch with the details. I’m worth

     as much, but I care; I come down here, I show

     my face, I’m a real regular. A toast:

     To our boys and girls in the war, grinding

     through sand, to everybody here, our host

     who’s mostly mist, like methane rising

About the Author

Kim Addonizio is the author of eight poetry collections, two novels, two story collections, and two books on writing poetry: The Poet’s Companion (with Dorianne Laux) and Ordinary Genius. Her poetry collection Tell Me was a finalist for the National Book Award, and her 2016 collection, Mortal Trash, won the Paterson Poetry Prize. Addonizio’s awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, among other honors. She lives in Oakland, California.

Praise For…

Bitter, urgent and unsparing, her poems are also at times jaw-droppingly brilliant.
— San Diego Union-Tribune

Product Details
ISBN: 9780393335255
ISBN-10: 0393335259
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: January 31st, 2011
Pages: 96
Language: English