Lucifer at the Starlite

Lucifer at the Starlite

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by Kim Addonizio
     
 

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A lyrically intense fifth collection from “one of the nation’s most provocative and edgy poets” (San Diego Union-Tribune).

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

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A lyrically intense fifth collection from “one of the nation’s most provocative and edgy poets” (San Diego Union-Tribune).

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

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Addonizio's gifts-clarity, wicked wit and directness about sex-remain on view in this, her fifth, collection, albeit with slightly diminishing returns. The Bay Area poet (What Is This Thing Called Love) extracts humor from headlines, takes comfort in the everyday and manages both to celebrate and to decry her complicated sexual self: "My Heart, "she says, is "That initial-scarred tabletop,/ that tiny little dance floor... That dressing room in the fetish boutique... That funhouse, that horror, that soundtrack of screams." Verse about modern love can push the bounds of the art, or of the unartful: poems try coyly "to say things/ disallowed from serious poetry/ and employ instead the lexicon of porn spam." Such work can certainly entertain. Less happily, poems based on fairy tales land too close to their older model, Anne Sexton, and poems about public catastrophes (Hurricane Katrina, the Asian tsunami of 2004, the Iraq war) end up neither funny nor seriously powerful. Some of Addonizio's best poems ought to be popular-a counterpart, as it were, to chick lit fiction ("I lost you like that grape jawbreaker/ I'd saved for last") and far better technically than many kindred poets. Fans of Addonizio's prior books will find much to like, but newcomers might do better with earlier volumes. (Sept.)

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Library Journal
Addonizio doesn't do pretty; beneath her considerable wit is a wickedly sharp edge. The first section of her third book of poems (after What Is This Thing Called Love) opens with the false bravado of a bar fly: "O everyone's dead and the rain today is marvelous." In the title poem, Lucifer makes a case for taking over as world CEO, promising to do better even than God at being bad. Addonizio cleverly borrows for comic effect ("I have been one acquainted with the spatula"), referencing poets from Berryman to Eliot to Frost, but she owes her true debt to the New York School and the Beats. Her poetry has a deceptively easy feel, spinning tour de force into unexpected intensity, as in "The Smallest Town Alive," which has one sign: Now Entering, Now Leaving. VERDICT No matter how depressing the topic, Addonizio can't help enjoying her own imagination, and the pleasure is infectious: "the moon gets up as usual, heads for the refrigerator or the bathroom,/ then lies awake, longing for/ the Xanax it resembles." A winner.—Ellen Kaufman, New York
San Diego Union-Tribune
“Bitter, urgent and unsparing, her poems are also at times jaw-droppingly brilliant.”
San Francisco Chronicle
“Lucifer at the Starlite sounds like a glam-rock show and holds many poems that hurtle forward, filled with emotion that doesn't spill into sentimentality.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393077933
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
09/08/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
96
File size:
152 KB

Meet the Author

A finalist for the National Book Award, Kim Addonizio has also received a Guggenheim Fellowship, two NEA Fellowships, and a Pushcart Prize. She divides her time between living in Oakland, California, and New York City.

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Lucifer at the Starlite 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Th little brown she kit stumbled in. "Hello."she asked her vouce quivring.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She dipped her head slightly. "It wasn't painful. But yours... that was hard to watch..."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A seaclan cat at the moonpool go give jayfeather 9 lives!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Went to retreve Featherdawn's spirit.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Yeah..." he said with a sigh.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
CAT HAS TO GET NINE LIVES!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I used to rp at daycl and i seen Frecklepaw once and a while but not in forever sorry
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I may send Blackkit/Nightpaw back to Starclan. Send him a prophecy in the form of a dream @ trey res three!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
They watch Ashclan
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sits in a tree depressed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Appeard. He looked around for Arcticfrost. He padded back to watch thunderclan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Faded. :-(
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Right now
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The dark forest is at kickstart and someone you might know is there
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He watched ThunderClan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Indeed it is"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All of StarClan has faded. Sorry. You could be a cat that sends prophcies. ThunderClan needs one for Twilightheart and Moonstorm.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walks in nervous about something
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I told Drizzlefire. Tell bronze to meet me a starlit result four.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He padded in. ((Need ta post mah bio.))
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wont rp till october 22
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Darkjaguar needs answers at 'moonpool' only res...her mother who was in starclan had said that she was part of a prophecy and has the power of the stars in her paws...please help her!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She smiles at the kit. "Hello, dear."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago