Synopses & Reviews
Living Quarters uses both the structure of a domestic space and the rhythms of the seasons to seek, but not reliably find, order and consolation in life's seeming disorder. Relationships dissolve; deaths come too soon; the past vanishes; the earth that gives beautiful and nourishing foods swallows up the creatures for whom it provides. These poems struggle with that mix of affirmation and destruction, celebrating nature's generosity while trying to make peace with its cruelty.
Thought-provoking poems reflect an intimate internal dialogue, addressing, among other ideas, Is it really safer at home, or are there perils within our closest relationships, in daily domestic ritual? And where is home, when people are constantly moving, marriages dissolving, new relationships beginning and ending? When is a house just a house, and when does it become a home? Cooking warms a house and gives it a feeling of home, but does there also need to be a surrounding, anchoring community?
"Su's approach is risky in its sheer honesty and fierce by way of simplicity." - Cate Marvin, Ploughshares
"Su negotiates the mercurial new world of cultural commingling in witty, formally assured poems..." - Mark Doty
"Fans of accessible poets like Billy Collins, seeking poems for and about their own lives, are likely to find them here."Publishers Weekly
Seeking solace in the cycle of seasons, award-winning poet Su discovers the fleeting, fragile nature of this place called home.
"Fans of accessible poets like Jane Shore or Billy Collins, seeking poems for and about their own lives, are likely to find them here."Publishers Weekly
After the unexpected death of her student, Su sought comfort in cycle of seasonsreassurance of spring?but found little solace. In four sections corresponding to rooms in a house, these formal poems ponder daily routines and their struggles. Included is "On Writing," from Best American Poetry 2013.
Raised in Atlanta, Adrienne Su earned a BA from Harvard and an MFA from University of Virginia. Author of three poetry collections, she teaches at Dickinson College.
About the Author
Born and raised in Atlanta, Adrienne Su was educated at Harvard and the University of Virginia. She is the recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, and has had residencies at MacDowell, Yaddo, The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA, and The Frost Place in Franconia, NH. Her work appeared in Best American Poetry 2000 and 2013. She is an Associate Professor of English and Poet-in-Residence at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA. This is her fourth book.