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Lucifer at the Starlite


Kim Addonizio


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A lyrically intense fifth collection from “one of the nation’s most provocative and edgy poets” (San Diego Union-Tribune).

With both passion and precision, Lucifer at the Starlite explores life’s dual nature: good and evil, light and dark, suffering and moments of unexpected joy. Whether looking outward to events on the world stage—the war in Iraq, the 2004 Asian tsunami—or inward at struggles with the self, these poems aim at the heart and against the feeling that Lucifer may have already won the day.

from “Lucifer at the Starlite”

Here’s my bright idea for life on earth:

better management. The CEO

has lost touch with the details. I’m worth

as much, but I care; I come down here, I show

my face, I’m a real regular. A toast:

To our boys and girls in the war, grinding

through sand, to everybody here, our host

who’s mostly mist, like methane rising

W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393068528, 96pp.

Publication Date: September 8, 2009

About the Author

Kim Addonizio is the author of eight books of poetry, including the National Book Award finalist Tell Me and the Paterson Poetry Prize–winning Mortal Trash. The recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, among other honors, she lives in Oakland, California.