Synopses & Reviews
These powerful poems are like wrecked pastorals whose narrator seeks temporary pleasure in wit, form, rhyme, or the borrowed weekend house. Inching toward consolation in the face of sudden loss, the poet examines the reconfigured world. The elegies are like conversations overheard or recounted dreams: full of portent and mystery.
"Despite Goodyear's gift for wordplay, she is at base not a poet of revenge but one of loss and love--of sentiment frozen by insight. . . . packs a terrific punch." New York Times
"Haunted, ruthless, tender--scary-cool and edgy-smart. . . . The most breathtaking debut in years!" J. D. McClatchy
"With talent this apparent, the heart will always have room for more from [Goodyear]." St. Louis Today
A wry and dark debut of sharply compressed lyrics by a precocious new voice in poetry.
About the Author
Dana Goodyear is a staff writer at The New Yorker, where she has worked since 1999. Her work has appeared in many magazines, journals, and periodicals, including the New York Times, the New York Review of Books, the Los Angeles Times, the Yale Review, the Colorado Review, Open City, Slate, and Vogue. She lives in Los Angeles.