Body of Starlight

Body of Starlight

by Melissa Carroll


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In Body of Starlight, Carroll explores the female body and its connection to the cosmos, shirking conventional ideas of beauty and physicality with sometimes tragic, often witty meditations on Eastern philosophy and Western superficiality. Characterizing womanhood as both supremely divine and hopelessly mortal, Carroll chronicles her experiences, observations, and opinions with intimate detail.

Poet Maggie Smith says, “Body of Starlight is wise, quick-witted, and fearless. Clearly concerned with both the physical and the mystical, these are poems of muscle and bone; poems of shadow and light. Full of music and masterfully enjambed, Carroll’s poems sing. ‘This planetary song…rings too in our molecules, little songs,//sonnets in our teeth…’ Lean in, body and soul. Listen. These poems have things to teach us.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780984868186
Publisher: Sweet: A Literary Confection, Inc.
Publication date: 03/13/2019
Pages: 82
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

Melissa Carroll is a writer, poet, yoga instructor, and occasional rancher. She received her MFA from University of South Florida in 2012. Carroll is the editor of the essay collection Going OM: Real-Life Stories on and off the Yoga Mat (Viva Editions, 2014). Melissa is the author of two poetry chapbooks: The Pretty Machine (ELJ Editions, 2016) and The Karma Machine (YellowJacket Press, 2011), which received the Peter Meinke Award.

Table of Contents

All the Names for Goddess. . 17

Half Heart. . 18

String Theory. . 20

Dear Hungers. . 21

Calf Moon Prayer. . 23

I Want to Tell You Your Body Is Magic. . 24

7 Ways to Fake an Orgasm. . 26

The Mechanics of Sound. . 27

Rage. . 29

Straight to Hell. . 30

How to Cook Like an Italian Woman. . 32

Stolen Girls. . 34

To Speak to the Dead. . 36

Sequential. . 37

Music Is Measured in Small Marks. . 39

Swiss Women Upset The Time-Space Continuum. . 41

The Vaudeville Pussy, 1897. . 42

Your Orgasm as a Veritable Carmen Sandiego (I). . 43

How to Hunt Down Your Orgasm, Guised as Carmen Sandiego (II). . .44

Mating Habits of the Austro-Papuan Bowerbird. . 45

The Geminids. . 46

Seed. . 47

I Love the Girls. . 49

On Seeing the Girl in the River. . 50

Mandala. . 52

Occam’s Razor. . 53

Panning for Stars. . 54

This Is Not an Elegy for Young Girls Who Dance. . 55

Bad Gods. . 56

Thermodynamics. . 57

Cantina. . 58

Beware the Poem with Wine Stain. . 59

Education at Hooters. . 60

The Pretty Machine. . 61

There Is No Tomorrow for This. . 63

Buddha Looks at a Glass. . 65

The Merits of Failure. . 66

Darkness Herself. . 67

Churning of the Ocean of Milk. . 68

Annica. . 70

On the Last Night of the World. . 71

Notes. . 73

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