Mortal Trash: Poems

Mortal Trash: Poems

by Kim Addonizio


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“Kim Addonizio’s voice lifts from the page, alive and biting—unleashing wit with a ruthless observation.”—San Francisco Book Review

Passionate and irreverent, Mortal Trash transports the readers into a world of wit, lament, and desire. In a section called “Over the Bright and Darkened Lands,” canonical poems are torqued into new shapes. “Except Thou Ravish Me,” reimagines John Donne’s famous “Batter my heart, Three-person’d God” as told from the perspective of a victim of domestic violence. Like Pablo Neruda, Addonizio hears “a swarm of objects that call without being answered”: hospital crash carts, lawn gnomes, Evian bottles, wind-up Christmas creches, edible panties, cracked mirrors. Whether comic, elegiac, or ironic, the poems in Mortal Trash remind us of the beauty and absurdity of our time on earth.

From “Scrapbook”:

We believe in the one-ton rose

and the displaced toilet equally. Our blues

assume you understand

not much, and try to be alive, just as we do,

and that it may be helpful to hold the hand

of someone as lost as you.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393249163
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 06/28/2016
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.60(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.

Table of Contents


Scrapbook 17

Stray Sparks 19

Idioms for Rain 20

Lives of the Poets 22

Plastic 24

Divine 26

Applied Mathematics 28

Ways to Go 30

Party 31

Introduction to Poetry 33

Seasonal Affective Disorder 35

Manners 37

Wishbone 39

Over the Bright and Darkened Lands

Out in the Tranquil Bay 43

Except Thou Ravish Me 44

My Sword Sleep in My Hand 45

And Feel the Fell of Dark 46

Over the Bright and Darkened Lands 47

But Have Not Love 48

Off the Black West Went 49

Here Be Dragons

Pareidolia 53

Internet Dating 54

Love Poem (Assembled from Fragments) 56

Candy Heart Valentine 58

Here Be Dragons 59

Review of Possible Signs and Symptoms 60

Prosody Pathéthique 62

Florida 63

Invisible Signals 65

The Sonnets

12 69

18 70

22 71

57 72

73 73

98 74

116 75

126 76

130 77

133 78

139 79

142 80

147 81

154 82

Thousands of Times Throughout the Day

Darkening, Then Brightening 85

Giardino Dei Tarocchi, Capalbio, Italy 86

Reel 87

Sleep Stage 88

Name That Means Holy in Greek 90

Elegy for Jon 92

Lost in Translation 93

Dream the Night My Brother Dies 95

Thousands of Times Throughout the Day 96

What to Save from the Fire 97

White Flower, Red Flower 99

The Givens 101

Eulogy 103

Acknowledgments 107

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