by Dorothea Lasky


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“Fearlessly frank” and “unabashedly vulnerable” (Tracy K. Smith), Dorothea Lasky’s ROME confronts love and heartbreak in the modern world.

Dorothea Lasky is one of the most talented American poets of her generation. With haunting lines that “recall Frank O’Hara and Allen Ginsberg” (Chicago Tribune) and influences ranging from Drake to Catullus, Lasky fuses the ancient world with the fierceness and heartbreak of everyday life. With each new book, from the grand religiosity of AWE to the flat sadness and nihilism of Black Life to the witchery of Thunderbird, her poems keep gaining an increasingly robust readership and have influenced an entire generation of younger poets. In ROME, Lasky finds herself in the arena of eternal longing and heartsick desire, confronting her ghosts and demons and proving she’s “one of the very best poets we’ve got” (Maggie Nelson).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631491412
Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 04/26/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Author of Thunderbird, Black Life, and AWE, and editor of Open the Door: How to Excite Young People About Poetry, the Missouri-born Dorothea Lasky is an assistant professor of poetry at Columbia University. Her poetry has appeared in the Paris Review, Poetry, and the Boston Review. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Table of Contents

Hunters 13

Why Poetry can be Hard for Most People 15

Never Did Amount to Anything 17

Porn 19

What's Worse 21

Winter 22

I Am Eddie Murphy 24

People Do Really Bad Things 26

Horace, to the Romans 28

The Orange Flower 30

Depression 31

Diet Mountain Dew 33

You Were So Blond 35

I Just Hope I Can Sleep 36

The Roman Poets 37

The Open Sound of French 39

The Amethyst 40

Blazing Star Lodge 41

I Remember in the Morning 44

July 45

It Is Quiet 47

February 21st 48

The Empty Coliseum 55

Lilac 58

I Know There Is Another World 60

A New Reality 62

Lilac Field 63

The Groveler 66

Moving 68

The Bed 69

Once It's in the Picture 75

Poem to Florence 76

I Want to be Alive 78

The Dogs 79

You Think Language is Silly Until It Happens to You 81

Complainers 83

Sadness 84

Why is a Mouse Sad? 86

I Feel Pity 90

Georg Trakl in the Green Sun 93

To Dream 95

Wild 97

What is a Man if Not a Siphon 99

Dawn Song 102

Poem for My Friend 103

Relative Certainty 104

The Static Nature of it All 105

Palm Tree 107

The Wall Hanging I Never Noticed 108

The Rain 109

The Art Deco of the West 111

Sonnet Weather 114

I Am a Corpse 115

There Are a Million Young Men 117

If I Thought of Anything 118

The Dead Owe a Lot of Taxes 121

The End 122

There Is Nothing 124

Rome 125

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