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Dispatch from the Future

Poems

Leigh Stein

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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.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Publishers Weekly Review

Jul 23, 2012 – In the wake of an impressive debut novel, Stein (The Fallback Plan) delivers an equally adroit first poetry collection; a mix both giddy and anguished that incorporates elements from fairy tale, pop-culture, ancient myth, and choose-your-own-adventure books. These poems swing between the dull throb of disappointment and what she calls "hope's stubborn blindness." Throughout Stein portrays the tenuousness of this cultural moment, a perpetual disorientation: "Is one of the symptoms a feeling / like you've been here before? I have not / been to a place yet that was not somehow familiar." Two poems entitled "Revisionism" go a step further, highlighting the malleability of memory and how it's mutated to fit present psychic purposes. Stein's poems often contain brief, narrative episodes reported at the breathless speed of an excitable child, as in "Universalism" where we read, "One time I told this to a friend, but all she said / was, Is that the end of the story? Was that even a story?" Later in the collection, poems become less narrative, more akin to frenetic visions. In the titular series, Stein reminds readers that "life is only too short if you are having a good time." Readers of this book will have a good time indeed.
Dispatch from the Future
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  • Category: Poetry
  • Published: Jul 24, 2012
  • Publisher: Melville House
  • Seller: Random House, LLC
  • Print Length: 144 Pages
  • Language: English
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