"Over the last two decades Shaughnessy has stripped herself down to a voice that can sing plainly about disappointment and love in hard circumstances and the lost art of the mix tape." The Paris Review
"Shaughnessy finds ever new ways to rend the heart in this biting and poignant anthropological study of girlhood and adolescence." Publishers Weekly
Subversions of idiom and cliché punctuate Brenda Shaughnessy's fourth collection as she approaches middle age and revisits the memories, romances, and music of adolescence. So Much Synth is a brave and ferocious collection composed of equal parts femininity, pain, pleasure, and synthesizer. While Shaughnessy tenderly winces at her youthful excesses, we can humbly catch glimpses of our own.
From "I Have A Time Machine":
But unfortunately it can only travel into the future at a rate of one second per second,
which seems slow to the physicists and to the grant committees and even to me.
But I manage to get there, time after time, to the next moment and to the next . . .
Brenda Shaughnessy is the author of three books of poetry, including Human Dark with Sugar (Copper Canyon), winner of the James Laughlin Award and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Our Andromeda (Copper Canyon), which was one of New York Times Book Review 's "100 Notable Books of 2013." She is an Assistant Professor of English at Rutgers University, Newark, and lives in Brooklyn with her husband, son, and daughter.
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About the Author
Brenda Shaughnessy: Brenda Shaughnessy was born in Okinawa, Japan and grew up in Southern California. She is the author of three books of poetry, including Human Dark with Sugar (Copper Canyon), winner of the James Laughlin Award and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Our Andromeda (Copper Canyon), which was a New York Times Book Review “100 Notable Books of 2013." Shaughnessy’s poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, Harper's, The Nation, The Rumpus, The New Yorker, and The Paris Review. She is an Assistant Professor of English at Rutgers University, Newark, and lives in Brooklyn with her husband, son and daughter.
Table of Contents
I Have a Time Machine 3
McQueen Is Dead. Long Live McQueen 7
Last Sleep, Best Sleep 14
Living Will 16
Dress Form 21
How It Is 23
II Crushing Likeness
Gay Pride Weekend, S.F., 1992 27
But I'm the Only One 28
To My Twenty-Six-Year-Old Self 31
In This Economy 32
Why I Stayed, 1997-2001 35
III So Much Synth
A Mix Tape: "Don't You (Forget About Me)" 43
A Mix Tape: The Hit Singularities 47
Is There Something I Should Know? 53
IV Secrets See Me Coming
Life's Work 83
Family Visit Vouchers 85
Red Tulips, Then Asphodel 86
Please Be Okay till Morning 87
Simone at Age Three, Late Summer 89
Never Ever 91
About the Author 95