Dispatch from the Future
By Leigh Stein
Melville House Publishing, Paperback, 9781612191348, 131pp.
Publication Date: July 24, 2012
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"I love these poems." —Joe Dunthorne, author of Submarine
Funny, surprising and lyrical, these poems range from the deserts of the Southwest to the abysses of Facebook. From online dating to beauty pageants, Greek mythology to road trips, Leigh Stein gives us resilient young women in longing and in love.
Post-confessional—like Sylvia Plath raised on MTV, or Anne Sexton on Twitter—the poems seduce with a narrative hook or startle with a pop culture reference, all the while wrestling fresh meaning out of our fantasy-saturated modern lives.
Leigh Stein’s first novel, The Fallback Plan, was hailed as “beautiful, funny, thrilling, and true” by Gary Shteyngart (Super Sad True Love Story). A former New Yorker staffer and frequent contributor to its “Book Bench” blog, Stein is also the author of the poetry chapbook How to Mend a Broken Heart with Vengeance, and is the winner of the Amy Award from Poets & Writers magazine. She lives in Brooklyn.
"Stein possesses a comic's honesty and sense of timing, simultaneously enchanting and dark, yet never cynical. She's already published a wonderful debut novel this year, but I think she's arguably an even better poet. —Publishers Weekly (Best Summer Books 2012)
"These poems will charm the pants off of you with their irreverence, insight, and optimism" —Guernica
"By showing us that it’s possible to make something beautiful and funny out of our supposed follies, Stein rescues the present." —The Poetry Foundation
"A book as deeply sad as it is perceptively playful, Stein recreates her life, one full of unbounded wisdom and imagination weaving a tapestry of myths, memory, history, and pop culture, that new sort of collective memory we all share." —Vol. 1 Brooklyn
"The poems, like Stein’s debut novel, The Fallback Plan ... strike a powerful balance between humor and melancholy, reference and storytelling. A startlingly developed and fearless voice." —The Rumpus
“Leigh Stein's poems know how to laugh it off after a stunning tumble down a flight of stairs.”
—Rob MacDonald, editor of Sixth Finch
"Leigh Stein follows her lauded debut novel The Fallback Plan with an equally impressive poetry collection, Dispatch from the Future ... Guernica called the book, "poetry for poetry haters." I have to add that even admirers of verse will adore this volume." —Largehearted Boy
Praise for Leigh Stein’s previous book, The Fallback Plan:
“Beautiful, funny, thrilling, and true.”
—Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story
“Stein’s light, accessible, self-deprecating prose makes this coming-of-age story a pleasure.”
“Intimate, urgent, and laugh-out-loud funny. . . . Think Franny and Zooey. Think Goodbye, Columbus. Think of this book as your next great read.”
—Joe Meno, author of Hairstyles of the Damned