Posts Tagged: Melissa Broder

Notable Los Angeles: 5/29–6/4

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Monday 5/29: Happy Memorial Day! Take a moment to remember those who served and are no longer with us.

Jonathan Gould, with Tom Vickers, discusses and signs Otis Redding: An Unfinished Life. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

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Notable Los Angeles: 3/20–3/26

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Monday 3/20: Marc Eliot in conversation with Fraser Heston discusses and signs Charlton Heston: Hollywood’s Last Icon. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Tuesday 3/21: Melissa Scrivner Love discusses and signs Lola. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Lisa See discusses and signs The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane.

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I Have a Jaw That Seeks Chunks

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In Melissa Broder’s second collection, Meat Heart, there is a burgeoning tension between the spiritual life of the imagination and its blood and guts container—the forehead, the hips, the heart—that is both dire and light. At the core of these poems is hunger, the drive to consume or destroy, an instinctual void as visceral as it is absurd, and yet, paradoxically, there is resistance to this desire or as Broder said in an recent interview, “a fear of insatiability.” There is dissonance here between expectation and want, a dichotomy as digestible as life and death, or heaven and earth.

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Poetic Lives Online: Links by Brian Spears

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So, did you like our National Poetry Month project? If you missed any of the poems, check them out here.

Barbara Jane Reyes has some interesting thoughts on poetic tradition.

Virginia Heffernan discusses the way self-publication has lost some of its stigma, and introduces me to a new term: microniche publishing.

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