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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.


    • 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


Genre: PoetryVerse

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Luck Is Luck (2005)
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Language: English

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ISBN: 140006323X

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