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Luck is luck : poems

Author: Lucia Maria Perillo
Publisher: New York : Random House, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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From the snowy egret to a woman's floating rib, nudism in America to Holy Communion, Simone de Beauvoir to Nathan's hot dogs-the subjects in Lucia Perillo's fourth collection of poetry lift off from surprising places and touch down on new ground. In "To My Big Nose," she muses: "hard to imagine what the world would have looked like / if not seen through your pink shadow. / You who are built from random parts / like
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Lucia Maria Perillo
ISBN: 140006323X 9781400063239
OCLC Number: 55960880
Description: 98 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents: To My Big Nose --
Languedoc --
Christmas at Forty --
Fizz Ed --
The Crows Start Demanding Royalties --
On the Destruction of the Mir --
Le Deuxieme Sexe --
The Lord's Prayer --
The Believer --
Hail Mary --
The Floating Rib --
Original Sin --
New Hat --
The Cardinal's Nephews --
Nathan's --
White Bird/Black Drop --
On the High Suicide Rate of Dentists --
Little Phallus Song (for John Berryman) --
Nudism in America --
Life in the Year 2000 --
Poem Without Breasts --
Given Unlimited Space, the Dead Expand Limitlessly --
Fresh Water and Salt --
In the Confessional Mode, with a Borrowed Movie Trope --
Fubar --
For the Pileated Woodpecker and Its Cousin, the Ivory-billed, Who May or May Not Be Extinct --
Bulletin from Somewhere up the Creek --
Second Poem Without Breasts --
News from the Republic of Housecoats --
On the Rhythmic Nature of Obscure Toil --
Urban Legend --
By Edvard Munch, Two Paintings Thirty Years Apart on the Same Jetty --
A Simple Camp Song --
Valentine Delivered by a Horde of Birds, Some Years After Its Original Inception --
Book of Bob --
My Eulogy Was Deemed Too Strange --
Conscription Papers --
The Afterlife of the Fifties Dads --
For the First Clone, Aging Now and Largely Forgotten --
Night Festival, Olympia --
Eulogy from the Boardwalk Behind the KFC --
As Per the Geese --
Salmon Song --
Beauty Bark --
Shrike Tree --
Chum --
Tapas.
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From the snowy egret to a woman's floating rib, nudism in America to Holy Communion, Simone de Beauvoir to Nathan's hot dogs-the subjects in Lucia Perillo's fourth collection of poetry lift off from surprising places and touch down on new ground. In "To My Big Nose," she muses: "hard to imagine what the world would have looked like / if not seen through your pink shadow. / You who are built from random parts / like a mythical creature-a gryphon or sphinx-."

Fearless, focused, ironic, irreverent, truly and deeply felt, the poems in Luck Is Luck draw upon the circumstances of being a woman, the harsh realities of nature, the comfort of familiar things, and universally recognizable anxieties about faith and grief, love and desire. In "Languedoc," she writes, "Long ago / I might have been attracted by your tights and pantaloons, / but now they just look silly, ditto for your instrument / that looks like a gourd with strings attached / (the problem is always the strings attached)."

Perillo's versions of nature are always unflinching: "Most days back then I would walk by the shrike tree, / a dead hawthorn at the base of a hill. / The shrike had pinned smaller birds on the tree's black thorns / and the sun had stripped them of their feathers. / ... well, hard luck is luck, nonetheless. / With a chunk of sky in each eye socket. / And the pierced heart strung up like a pearl."

Down-to-earth, full of playful twists of language, and woven from grand themes in an accessible, appealing way, these poems pierce the heart and delight the mind. Not one word is wasted.

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