Terrible Blooms
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Pub Date: 04/17/2018

Pages: 96

Publisher: Copper Canyon Press

Imprint: Copper Canyon Press

ISBN 13: 9781556595295

ISBN 10: 1556595298

Price: $16.00

Category: POETRY / Women Authors

Terrible Blooms

By Melissa Stein

Price: $16.00

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Paperback

About the Book

"Ms. Stein reminds us that there is no honey—rough, or otherwise—without the sting." —The New York Times

In this lush, disturbing second collection from Melissa Stein, exquisite images are salvaged from harm and survival. Set against the natural world’s violence—both ordinary and sublime—pain shines jewel-like out of these poems, illuminating what lovers and families conceal. Stein uses her gifts for persona and lyric richness to build worlds that are vivid, intricate, tough, sexy, and raw: "over and over // life slapping you in the face / till you’re newly burnished / flat-out gasping and awake." Breathless with risk and redemption, Terrible blooms shows how loss claims us and what we reclaim.

"[Melissa Stein’s] sentences are beautifully choreographed; they start and stop the motion of her poems with a nearly invisible, effortless authority." —Mark Doty

"[Stein’s] electric apprehensions throb with this nearly preverbal knowing. They are rough as a hound’s tongue. . . . Stein is a new poet of the first order." —Molly Peacock

Quarry

As you slept
I was thinking about the quarry,
about light going deeper
into earth, into rock, the hurt
of light hitting layers
that should be hidden,
that should be buried,
and how when it rained
for a long time that absence filled
with suffering, and we swam.

Melissa Stein’s debut collection Rough Honey won the APR/Honickman First Book Prize. She holds an MA in creative writing from the University of California at Davis, and is a freelance editor and writer in San Francisco.

About the Book

In her second collection, Melissa Stein subverts the old trope and trappings of femininity with sound-rich lyric and punch.

Author

Melissa Stein’s debut collection Rough Honey won the APR/Honickman First Book Prize, selected by Mark Doty. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Bread Loaf, Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, and her work has won awards from Spoon River Poetry Review, Literal Latte, and the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Foundation, among others. She holds an MA in creative writing from the University of California at Davis, and is a freelance editor and writer in San Francisco.