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Mortal Trash

Poems

Kim Addonizio (Author)

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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.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • August 2017
  • ISBN 978-0-393-35434-8
  • 5.5 × 8.2 in / 112 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide including Canada, Singapore and Malaysia, but excluding the British Commonwealth.

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  1. Book CoverMortal Trash: Poems

    Hardcover

Endorsements & Reviews

“A brash, irreverent look at the physical and emotional refuse produced in our self-absorbed culture.” — Washington Post

“A brash, irreverent look at the physical and emotional refuse produced in our self-absorbed culture.” — Washington Post

“Offers unparalleled discoveries . . . with humor and grace, soaring from comedy to elegy and back.” — San Francisco Chronicle

“Only Kim Addonizio could mix Greek myths with psychopharmacology, Dante with a pinging iPhone, heartbreak with plastic pollution, and create a rare cocktail of wit and desire. Mortal Trash offers unparalleled discoveries . . . with humor and grace, soaring from comedy to elegy and back. . . . Stunning.” — San Francisco Chronicle

“So rare and paradoxical . . . reasserts the art’s power to create order, and to instill meaning.” — Los Angeles Review of Books

“A set like Mortal Trash, so rare and paradoxical in its despairing frivolity, reasserts the art’s power to create order, and to instill meaning.” — Los Angeles Review of Books

“Addonizio shows how our culture and surroundings will test us again and again.” — Lambda Literary

“Comic, elegiac, and ironic meditations.  ” — Brooklyn Magazine

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