Spitshine

Overview

In this debut collection, Anne Marie Rooney subverts traditional forms into strange and sexy new shapes. With poems as scary as they are seductive, Rooney reveals the domestic to be a rich, dirty burlesque: two princesses fall in love; fetish is explored through the shackles of sestina; a poet indexes, in stops and starts, her own obsessions.
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Overview

In this debut collection, Anne Marie Rooney subverts traditional forms into strange and sexy new shapes. With poems as scary as they are seductive, Rooney reveals the domestic to be a rich, dirty burlesque: two princesses fall in love; fetish is explored through the shackles of sestina; a poet indexes, in stops and starts, her own obsessions.
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Editorial Reviews

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“This book is propelled by hard, beautiful feelings: if the poems are hard in the sense of difficult, they are also made of beautiful, angular, and shining surfaces; their forte is the absence of sense, and the speaker of the poems is bawdy, elusive—the forms in which she writes do not contain an “I” to be understood and excavated, an interiority that gradually reveals itself. Instead, the poems reveal surfaces that are dense, self-reflective, and deliciously sensual; they do not demand that the reader delve into their depths. As Rooney says in the book’s title poem, “Language is hard. / It shines in your face.””—Rebecca van Laer, The Iowa Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780887485503
  • Publisher: Carnegie-Mellon University Press
  • Publication date: 1/11/2012
  • Series: Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 80
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Born and raised in New York City, ANNE MARIE ROONEY earned her M.F.A. from Cornell. She is the recipient of the Iowa Review Award, the Gulf Coast Poetry Prize, and the Amy Award given by Poets & Writers Magazine to young female poets. Her writing has appeared in many journals, including Narrative, Crazyhorse, Columbia, and jubilat, as well as in the Best New Poets and Best American Poetry anthologies. She currently lives in New Orleans, where she is a teaching artist. This is her first book.
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Table of Contents

Domestic
Instructions for wooing me (monster that I am)
Flower Sonnet
Life on the mean
Grudge Pastoral
Dirty Story
Domestic
Hasp Pastoral
Face Sonnet
I did a series in a very hot August
About the neck
What the heart is
Domestic
The No Reward Sestinas
Tripod Sonnet
Elegy in which the film degrades
Letter to a lampshade
Elegy in which I sleep restfully
Flight Sonnet
Shiner
End Sonnet
Last Evening: index of first lines
After it
Elegy in which I am not whisked away
What my heart is doing
Sabbath for a dry season
Lake Sonnet
What my heart is turning
Wedding song for the light under the door
Where my heart is going
Story with red heels in its mouth
Notes
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