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Luck Is Luck (2005) [Collection]
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From the snowy egret to a woman's floating rib, nudism in America to Holy Communion, Simone de Beauvoir to Nathan's hot dogs-the subjects in Lucia Perillo's fourth collection of poetry lift off from surprising places and touch down on new ground. In "To My Big Nose," she muses: "hard to imagine what the world would have looked like / if not seen through your pink shadow. / You who are built from random parts / like a mythical creature-a gryphon or sphinx-."

Fearless, focused, ironic, irreverent, truly and deeply felt, the poems in Luck Is Luck draw upon the circumstances of being a woman, the harsh realities of nature, the comfort of familiar things, and universally recognizable anxieties about faith and grief, love and desire. In "Languedoc," she writes, "Long ago / I might have been attracted by your tights and pantaloons, / but now they just look silly, ditto for your instrument / that looks like a gourd with strings attached / (the problem is always the strings attached)."

Perillo's versions of nature are always unflinching: "Most days back then I would walk by the shrike tree, / a dead hawthorn at the base of a hill. / The shrike had pinned smaller birds on the tree's black thorns / and the sun had stripped them of their feathers. / ... well, hard luck is luck, nonetheless. / With a chunk of sky in each eye socket. / And the pierced heart strung up like a pearl."

Down-to-earth, full of playful twists of language, and woven from grand themes in an accessible, appealing way, these poems pierce the heart and delight the mind. Not one word is wasted.

Contents:


    • To my big nose
    • Languedoc
    • Christmas at forty
    • Fizz ed
    • The crows start demanding royalties
    • On the destruction of the Mir
    • Le Deuxieme Sexe
    • The Lord's prayer
    • The believer
    • Hail Mary
    • The floating rib
    • Original sin
    • New hat
    • The cardinal's nephews
    • Nathan's

    • White bird/black drop
    • On the high suicide rate of dentists
    • Little phallus song (for John Berryman)
    • Nudism in America
    • Life in the year 2000
    • Poem without breasts
    • Given unlimited space, the dead expand limitlessly
    • Fresh water and salt
    • In the confessional mode, with a borrowed movie trope
    • Fubar
    • For the pileated woodpecker and its cousin, the ivory-billed, who may or may not be extinct
    • Bulletin from somewhere up the creek
    • Second poem without breasts
    • News from the republic of housecoats
    • On the rhythmic nature of obscure toil

    • Urban legend
    • By Edvard Munch, two paintings thirty years apart on the same jetty
    • A simple camp song
    • Valentine delivered by a horde of birds, some years after its original inception
    • Book of Bob
    • My eulogy was deemed too strange
    • Conscription papers
    • The afterlife of the fifties dads
    • For the first clone, aging now and largely forgotten
    • Night Festival, Olympia
    • Eulogy from the boardwalk behind the KFC
    • As per the geese
    • Salmon song
    • Beauty bark
    • Shrike tree
    • Chum
    • Tapas

Original title: Luck is Luck
Original languages: English

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Genre: PoetryVerse


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Luck Is Luck (2005)
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Language: English

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