Further Problems with Pleasure

Further Problems with Pleasure

by Sandra Simonds


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\"If Coleridge, Plath, Ovid, and Celan started a love commune where they built a manifesto Molotov cocktail out of the pastoral, eros, blank verse, and kitsch: it would be this book. A true original, thrilling in her brash complex feminism and virtuosic in sound and line, Simonds writes of the lives and desires trod upon by late capitalism and poetry.\" -Carmen Giménez Smith, 2015 Akron Poetry Prize judge

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781629220598
Publisher: University of Akron Press, The
Publication date: 02/06/2017
Series: Akron series in poetry
Pages: 72
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Sandra Simonds is the author of several collections of poetry including Steal It Back (Saturnalia Books, 2015), The Sonnets (Bloof Books, 2014), Mother Was a Tragic Girl (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2012) and Warsaw Bikini (Bloof Books, 2009). Her poems have been anthologized in Best American Poetry 2014 and 2015. She is a professor of English and humanities at Thomas University in Thomasville, Georgia.

Table of Contents

Poetry Is Stupid and I Want to Die 1

Spring Dirge 6

A Poem for Criminals and Construction Workers 9

A Lover's Discourse 13

Further Problems with Pleasure 19

A Song for Paperweights 20

Fun Clothes: A Gothic 24

Our Lady of Perpetual Help 27

A Poem for Joe 31

Further Problems with Pleasure 32

The Woman with the Foreign Accent 33

The Baudelaire Variations

1 Destruction 39

2 A Martyr 40

3 Eros and the Skull 42

4 The Albatross 43

5 Jewels 44

6 The Possessed 46

7 Exotic Perfume 47

8 I Love Wine! 48

9 Allegory 49

10 Metamorphosis of the Vampire 50

11 Damned Ladies 5]

12 The Fountain of Blood 53

13 Voyage to Cythera 54

14 The Sick Muse 56

15 Eternity 57

16 This Stuff Is Poison and It's Gonna Fuck Up My Shit 58

My Sexuality Is "Victim of Capitalism" 59

To the Mother of the Setting Day 61

Further Problems with Pleasure 62

Smoke Weed, Drink Coffee, Go Scalloping 63

Ode to Country Music 64

Ode to Suicide, Delirium and Early REM 65

Have Fun in France 70

Further Problems with Pleasure 72

Domestic Song 73

Conceptual Poem 74

Psychedelic Garden Poem 75

The Elysian Fields 78

A Poem for Alex 84

Further Problems with Pleasure 86

Two Sarahs 87

August in South Georgia 89

In This Version 90

The Women 92

Dear Chris 94

Acknowledgments 99

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