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Lucifer at the Starlite


Kim Addonizio


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"Addonizio doesn't do pretty; beneath her considerable wit is a wickedly sharp edge."—Library Journal, starred review

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

Praise For Lucifer at the Starlite: Poems

Bitter, urgent and unsparing, her poems are also at times jaw-droppingly brilliant.
— San Diego Union-Tribune

W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393335255, 96pp.

Publication Date: January 31, 2011

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.