Now We're Getting Somewhere: Poems

Now We're Getting Somewhere: Poems

by Kim Addonizio


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We can’t stop reading the poem from which the book’s title originates. “Small Talk” is precise in its language and, through some key words, dropped in like breadcrumbs on a trail, brings us to the heart of the message. No spoiler alerts here. Addonizio’s poems create moments that you will remember, and often realize are all too familiar. Her poems are like the first beverage of the day — pick the beverage depending on the time you wake up.

A dark, no-holds-barred, and often hilarious collection from a prize-winning poet, veering between the poles of self and world.

Kim Addonizio’s sharp and irreverent eighth volume, Now We’re Getting Somewhere, is an essential companion to your practice of the Finnish art of kalsarikännit—drinking at home, alone in your underwear, with no intention of going out. Imbued with the poet’s characteristic precision and passion, the collection charts a hazardous course through heartache, climate change, dental work, Outlander, semiotics, and more.

Combatting existential gloom with a wicked, seductive energy, Addonizio investigates desire, loss, and the madness of contemporary life. She calls out to Walt Whitman and John Keats, echoes Dorothy Parker, and finds sisterhood with Virginia Woolf.

Sometimes confessional, sometimes philosophical, these poems weave from desolation to drollery and clamor with raucous imagery: an insect in high heels, a wolf at an uncomfortable party, a glowing and self-serious guitar.

A poet whose “voice lifts from the page, alive and biting” (Sky Sanchez, San Francisco Book Review), Addonizio reminds her reader, "if you think nothing & / no one can / listen I love you joy is coming."

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393540895
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 03/16/2021
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 462,771
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(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

I Might in the castle

Night in the Castle 3

Black Hour Blues 5

Fixed and In Flux 6

Animals 7

Comfort of the Resurrection 10

Grace 11

High Desert, New Mexico 12

Signs 13

The Earth Is About Used Up 15

In Bed 17

II Songs for sad girls

Wolf Song 23

Song for Sad Girls 24

Résumé 26

Telepathy 27

Small Talk 28

Ghosted 29

August 30

Winter Solstice 31

All Hallows 32 34

To the Woman Crying Uncontrollably in the Next Stall 35

Ways of Being Lonely 36

Guitar 38

III Confessional poetry 41

IV Archive of recent uncomfortable emotions

People You Don't Know 59

Ex 61

The Truth 62

Archive of Recent Uncomfortable Emotions 63

The Miraculous 65

Arrival in Italy 66

Still Time 67

Happiness Report 68

I Can't Stop Loving You John Keats 71

Art of Poetry 73

Babies at Paradise Pond 76

Little Old Ladies 78

Death & Memory 80

Stay 82

Acknowledgments 84

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