Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals

Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals

by Patricia Lockwood
     
 

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The acclaimed second collection of poetry by Patricia Lockwood – a New York Times Notable Book.


SELECTED AS A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR: 
The New York Times * The Boston Globe * Powell's * The Strand * Barnes & Noble * BuzzFeed * Flavorwire

Look out for Lockwood’s  memoir, Priestdaddy, coming

Overview

The acclaimed second collection of poetry by Patricia Lockwood – a New York Times Notable Book.


SELECTED AS A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR: 
The New York Times * The Boston Globe * Powell's * The Strand * Barnes & Noble * BuzzFeed * Flavorwire

Look out for Lockwood’s  memoir, Priestdaddy, coming in May 2017

Colloquial and incantatory, the poems in Patricia Lockwood’s second collection address the most urgent questions of our time, like: what if a deer did porn? Is America going down on Canada? What happens when Niagara Falls gets drunk at a wedding? Is it legal to marry a stuffed owl exhibit? What would Walt Whitman’s tit-pics look like? Why isn’t anyone named Gary anymore? Did the Hatfield and McCoy babies ever fall in love? The steep tilt of Lockwood’s lines sends the reader snowballing downhill, accumulating pieces of the scenery with every turn. The poems’ subject is the natural world, but their images would never occur in nature. This book is serious and funny at the same time, like a big grave with a clown lying in it.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

Editorial Reviews

The New York Times - Dwight Garner
Patricia Lockwood's sexy, surreal and mostly sublime poems seem to have been, as James Joyce said in Ulysses about a batch of folk tales, "printed by the weird sisters in the year of the big wind." They scatter lightning and lawn debris across your psyche…There's some Lydia Davis and some Regina Spektor in Ms. Lockwood's verse, some Stevie Smith and some Stevie Nicks…The little hairs on my back rose often while reading Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals, as if it were the year of the big wind. That's biological praise, the most fundamental kind, impossible to fake.
The New York Times Book Review - Stephen Burt
Lockwood is not the first American poet to combine feminism with shock value, and both with digital-era caricature…but she is the first to incorporate such a gift for storytelling, and to get it so right…with its extended figures, its theme-and-variations structures, its spirals and twists away from (and sometimes back toward) ordinary speech, Lockwood's new book rewards rereading…She has written a book at once angrier, and more fun, more attuned to our time and more bizarre, than most poetry can ever get, a book easy to recommend for people who do not read new poetry often—as well as for almost all the people who do.
Publishers Weekly
★ 04/28/2014
With her second collection, Lockwood (Balloon Pop Outlaw Black) continues to develop a poetics that interrogates those categories to which societies pledge allegiance: nation, gender, nature, and sexuality. Nothing is off limits here and often the poems’ responses to their subjects—whether natural, political, or epistemological—are a fumbling, projective sexual ecstasy: “Your sight and your hearing increase, like wheat/ and the wind in the wheat..../ Blue sky increases above the wheat/ and you know what it’s like to grow a... well.” At home where the startling is status quo, Lockwood’s provocative “Rape Joke” sees itself plain: “The rape joke is if you write a poem called Rape Joke, you’re asking for it to become the only thing people remember about you.” Fiercely smart and aching with imagination, she addresses what it means to be “a series of places where animal parts could emerge,” yet remains able to wonder “how can there be enough room in America to make what makes it up.” Lockwood’s poems register the full force of what they deliver and yet admirably refuse to see that as a reason to back away: “The gulf between a word and what it represents is still so great, but a shocking reflection of perfect tits floats and will always float there.” (June)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780698156784
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/27/2014
Series:
Penguin Poets
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
80
Sales rank:
657,175
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Patricia Lockwood was born in a trailer in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and raised in all of the worst cities of the Midwest. Her debut collection, Balloon Pop Outlaw Black, was released in 2012. Her poems have appeared in the New Yorker, Tin House, the London Review of Books, Poetry, Slate, and The Awl. She lives in Kansas City, Missouri.

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