Stay, Illusion: Poems

Stay, Illusion: Poems

Lucie Brock-Broido

National booklet Award Finalist

Stay, Illusion, the much-anticipated quantity of poems by means of Lucie Brock-Broido, illuminates the damaged yet attractive global she inhabits. Her poems are lit with magic and stark with fact: whether or not they converse from the imagined residing of her “Abandonarium,” or from habitats the place animals are farmed and harmed “humanely,” or maybe from the surreal confines of dying row, they discover a voice like no other—dazzling, intimate, startling, heartbreaking.

Eddying among the theater of the lavish and the enigmatic, among the gaudy and the unadorned, Brock-Broido’s verse scours the United States for fabric to render unflinchingly the right here and now. Grandeur devolves right into a comedian irony: “We have come to phrases with our Self / Like a marmoset getting out of her nice Ape suit.” She dares the unexplained: “The wings have been left ajar / on the altar the place I’ve knelt all evening, trembling, leaning, tough / As sugar uncooked, and sweet.” each one poem is a rebellious chain of phrases: “Be strong, they acknowledged, and so too i used to be / sturdy till i used to be not.” unusual narratives, inside and external, make an international that's overseas and but our personal; 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 net? simply because: “If it really is written down, you can’t rescind it.”

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