Lucifer at the Starlite

Lucifer at the Starlite

by Kim Addonizio

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Overview

"Addonizio doesn't do pretty; beneath her considerable wit is a wickedly sharp edge."—Library Journal, starred review


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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393335255
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 01/01/2011
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 1,207,080
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.40(d)

About 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 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
pocketmermaid on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Someone ditched this on top of the books on a shelf in the poetry section at the library. Since I have 8 years experience of working in a bookstore, it's just become an instinct to grab things that are out of place and put them away. Something about the bright red cover of this slim poetry volume in my hands contrasting the thick gray tomes struck me enough to bring it home. Kim Addonizio is fantastic poet, and volumes like this make me ache that current poetry isn't more popular in general. Little poetry books like this can get lost in the shuffle (unless they're bright red and stand out, that is.) The title poem may be about Lucifer, but it was some sort of divine intervention that led me to Addonizio's work. I'm in love. I read every word twice. Not every poem reaches greatness, but the ones that do stuck with me for days, even weeks after I returned it to the library (hopefully in the proper spot now, or better yet, in someone else's hands.) I'll be checking out more of Addonizio's work (this is her fifth poetry collection), as well as her instructional writing books.
richardderus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The title poem, "Lucifer at the Starlite," will give you a flavor of her work:Here's my bright idea for life on earth:better management. The CEOhas lost touch with the details. I'm worthas much, but I care; I come down here, I showmy face, I'm a real regular. A toast:To our boys and girls in the war, grindingthrough sand, to everybody here, our hostwho's mostly mist, like methane risingfrom retreating ice shelves. Put me in command.For every town, we'll have a marching band.For each thoroughbred, a comfortable stable;for each worker, a place beneath the table.For every forward step a stumbling,A shadow over every starlit thing.This is as good as her poetry gets, so if you don't like that, give the collection a miss. I liked it, as you can tell. I thought there was a freshness about her very serious point, the expression was light and informal and that's (I'm pretty sure) what she was going for; but The Divine Miss, in her inimitable way, upon hearing me read several poems aloud, commented: "Nice! She's Auden for the ADD generation."Well, when you can't top a line, get off the stage. Recommended.
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.))
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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."