Brenda Shaughnessy Interior with Sudden Joy

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Interior with Sudden Joy

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Writing outside the boundaries of rhyme and stanza, an up-and-coming poet praised for her striking associations and surprising rhythms presents a collection of intense, thoroughly modern love poems steeped in both hope and fear.

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"I've not encountered a first book of poems this dazzling and bemused since day one. Shaughnessy's work is larkish, unseemly, and riddled with joy. These poems are not plainspoken, but luminous, impenitent, promiscuous. A brilliant sack of silk and ink and willfulness. What a pleasure to have such truths told sexy, seamless, slant."--Lucie Brock-Broido

"Freedom of verse, freedom of love, certainly, but Brenda Shaughnessy has employed those old liberations for new exploits: hers is an imagination free to pass through all the locked chambers of association--and, in its delight in doing so, grants the poet freedom to find herself. As she says, in the unmistakeable accents of Primavera: 'I live to leave, but I never either . . . / Come, let us miss / another wintertime.'"--Richard Howard

"Edgy and erotic, characterized by bravado and odd beauty . . . A dazzling first book."--Laura Rosenthal, " Minneapolis Star-Tribune"

""Interior with Sudden Joy" is a quirky, voluptuous thing. It's filled with unexpected, and sometimes opaque, imagery. And it constantly surprises with its tendency to merge harsh and smooth rhythms and sounds . . . An intriguing debut for a gifted young writer."--Jennifer Poyen, "San Diego Union-Tribune"

"A heady, infectious celebration of the range and peculiarity of erotic life."-"-The New Yorker"
"A heady, infectious celebration of the range and peculiarity of erotic life."-"-The New Yorker"

I've not encountered a first book of poems this dazzling and bemused since day one. Shaughnessy's work is larkish, unseemly, and riddled with joy. These poems are not plainspoken, but luminous, impenitent, promiscuous. A brilliant sack of silk and ink and willfulness. What a pleasure to have such truths told sexy, seamless, slant. "Lucie Brock-Broido"

Freedom of verse, freedom of love, certainly, but Brenda Shaughnessy has employed those old liberations for new exploits: hers is an imagination free to pass through all the locked chambers of association--and, in its delight in doing so, grants the poet freedom to find herself. As she says, in the unmistakeable accents of Primavera: 'I live to leave, but I never either . . . / Come, let us miss / another wintertime.' "Richard Howard"

Edgy and erotic, characterized by bravado and odd beauty . . . A dazzling first book. "Laura Rosenthal, Minneapolis Star-Tribune"

"Interior with Sudden Joy" is a quirky, voluptuous thing. It's filled with unexpected, and sometimes opaque, imagery. And it constantly surprises with its tendency to merge harsh and smooth rhythms and sounds . . . An intriguing debut for a gifted young writer. "Jennifer Poyen, San Diego Union-Tribune"

A heady, infectious celebration of the range and peculiarity of erotic life. "The New Yorker""

"I've not encountered a first book of poems this dazzling and bemused since day one. Shaughnessy's work is larkish, unseemly, and riddled with joy. These poems are not plainspoken, but luminous, impenitent, promiscuous. A brilliant sack of silk and ink and willfulness. What a pleasure to have such truths told sexy, seamless, slant." --Lucie Brock-Broido

"Freedom of verse, freedom of love, certainly, but Brenda Shaughnessy has employed those old liberations for new exploits: hers is an imagination free to pass through all the locked chambers of association--and, in its delight in doing so, grants the poet freedom to find herself. As she says, in the unmistakeable accents of Primavera: 'I live to leave, but I never either . . . / Come, let us miss / another wintertime.'" --Richard Howard

"Edgy and erotic, characterized by bravado and odd beauty . . . A dazzling first book." --Laura Rosenthal, Minneapolis Star-Tribune

"Interior with Sudden Joy is a quirky, voluptuous thing. It's filled with unexpected, and sometimes opaque, imagery. And it constantly surprises with its tendency to merge harsh and smooth rhythms and sounds . . . An intriguing debut for a gifted young writer." --Jennifer Poyen, San Diego Union-Tribune

"A heady, infectious celebration of the range and peculiarity of erotic life." --The New Yorker

About the Author:

Brenda Shaughnessy was raised in California and is a graduate of Columbia University's writing program. She lives in New York City.

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