9.16.2005

Some Lines I Like a Lot by Lucie Brock-Broido

       No one is
Exquisite anymore. The river is so small now

It will be hard to drown
In It. And still this world’s a pretty one.

What world.

— “Herculaneum”


Here is the maudlin petty bourgeoisie of ruin.

— “Basic Poem in a Basic Tongue”


I cannot tell you this, not now, not ever, even
In the letter I have written that is so epic

That if you were to open it, the pages would sail out
In the wind like confection moths being born

— “Self-Portrait with Her Hair on Fire”


Let me list here the things I wish to bring with me,
For the life after this or that. I will not go back the way I came

— “The One Theme of Which Everything Else Is a Variation

5 comments:

  1. "ljeqfmo"
    This is the phrase the unlocks your
    comments. Oh.

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  2. Ooh! Goosebumps! I am going to have to read her again. What book do you recommend? I am going to raid Ohiolink for LB-B.

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  3. "Trouble in Mind" is one of my favorite books of all time. The crackling language both undercuts and charges the emotion. At the same time, it seems. Marvelous stuff.

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  4. Great lines, I'll have to check her work out again.

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  5. Mary, these are all from Trouble In Mind, which I just read. I haven't read any of her other work yet.

    Peter, do read her. She's intense and oddly non-narrative, but things work so well in her poems. She doesn't seem gimmicky, but I think she's an example of a poet writing in her natural language.

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