Mortal Trash
Mortal Trash

Chew with your mouth closed and read this book.
—Recommended by Ryan

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.

Title Mortal Trash
Subtitle Poems
Author Kim Addonizio
Publisher W. W. Norton
Title First Published 28 June 2017
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 112 p.
ISBN-10 0393354342
ISBN-13 9780393354348
Publication Date 28 June 2016
Main content page count 112
Weight 16 oz.

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