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Soul Keeping Company

Selected Poems

Lucie Brock-Broido

Soul Keeping Company by Lucie Brock-Broido
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ISBN: 978 1 857548 40 2
Categories: 21st Century, American, Women
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: June 2010
216 x 135 x 9 mm
168 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • My father calls me Wolf.
    He says that I will see things other people will not see
    at night...

    from ‘Birdie Africa’
    Lucie Brock-Broido’s poetry conjures what is half-known, at the limits of experience, in language fierce with a living glitter. The familiar world becomes richly disquieting, edged with danger: mute conjoined twins creating a violent secret world; Emily Dickinson’s enigmatic letters to her‘Master’; a self-portrait of the poet ‘with Her Hair on Fire’.

    Soul Keeping Company introduces Brock-Broido’s poetry to British readers with generous selections from her three acclaimed collections: A Hunger, The Master Letters and Trouble in Mind. 


    Cover Painting: William Matthew Prior, Boy with Toy Horse and Wagon, c. 1845. Gift of Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch. Image courtesy of the Board of Trustees, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC. 

    from A Hunger (1988)

    Domestic Mysticism   
    Birdie Africa   
    Evolution   
    Real Life   
    Autobiography   
    October Seventh, Nineteen Eighty-Three   
    The Future as a Cow   
    Edward VI on the Seventh Day   
    Jessica, from the Well   
    Hitchcock Blue   
    Kid Flash   
    Heartbeat   
    Danse Macabre   
    What the Whales Sound Like in Manhattan   
    The Beginning of the Beginning   
    In a Landlocked Time   
    Lucie & Her Sisters   
    Elective Mutes   
    I Wish You Love   
    Ten Years Apprenticeship in Fantasy   
    And So Long, I’ve Had You Fame   
    After the Grand Perhaps   


    from The Master Letters (1995)

    A Preamble to The Master Letters   
    Carrowmore   
    Also, None Among Us Has Seen God   
    Rome Beauty   
    Unholy   
    A Brief History of Asylum   
    The Supernatural Is Only the Natural, Disclosed   
    Obsession, Compulsion   
    Carnivorous   
    To a Strange Fashion of Forsaking   
    Did Not Come Back   
    And You Know That I Know Milord That You Know   
    The October Horse   
    Gratitude   
    Dull Weather   
    From the Proscenium   
    Radiating Naïveté   
    Fair Copy from a Fair World   
    His Apprentice   
    You Can’t Always Get What You Want   
    Pursuit of Happiness   
    A Glooming Peace This Morning with It Brings   
    Housekeeping   
    Haute Couture Vulgarity   
    Toxic Gumbo   
    In the Attitude Desired for Exhibition   
    Like Murder for Small Hay in the Underworld   
    Everybody Has a Heart, Except Some People   
    Moving On in the Dark Like Loaded Boats at Night, Though There Is No Course, There Is Boundlessness   
    Your Cromwell, Your Thomas More   
    I Dont Know Who It Is, That Sings, nor Did I, Would I Tell   
    Grimoire   
    Work   
    The Last Passenger Pigeon in the Cincinnati Zoo   
    Everything Husk to the Will   
    The Interrupted Life   
    How Can It Be I Am No Longer I   
    The Sleeping Hollow of His Face Will Be the Straight Pass
    of Surrendering  
    Am Moor   


    from Trouble in Mind (2004)

    The Halo That Would Not Light   
    After Raphael   
    Leaflet on Wooing   
    Still Life with Aspirin   
    Herculaneum   
    The One Theme of Which Everything Else Is a Variation   
    Periodic Table of Ethereal Elements   
    Some Details of Hell   
    Basic Poem in a Basic Tongue   
    Death as a German Expert   
    Gamine   
    Morgue Near Heaven   
    The Insignificants   
    A Lion in Winter   
    Boy at the Border of His Own Allegory   
    Still Life with Feral Horse   
    Soul Keeping Company   
    Self-Portrait with Her Hair on Fire   
    The Deerhunting   
    Darwinism as Spite   
    Lady with an Ermine   
    Fragment on Dissembling   
    The Halo That Lit Twice   
    Self-Portrait as Kaspar Hauser   
    Self-Portrait with Self-Pity   
    Girl at the Border of Her Own Allegory   
    Of the Finished World   
    In Elsinore   
    Spain   
    Portrait of Lucy with Fine Nile Jar   
    The Identity of the Bridegroom   
    Self-Portrait as a Herd of One   
    Physicism    
    Self-Portrait with Her Hair Cut Off    
    The One Thousand Days    
    Dire Wolf    
    Pamphlet on Ravening    
    Self-Deliverance by Lion    

    Notes on the Poems    
    Index of Titles    
    Index of First Lines    
     
    Lucie Brock-Broido is the author of three collections of poetry, A Hunger, The Master Letters and Trouble in Mind (all published by Alfred A. Knopf, New York). In 2008 she published Letters to a Stranger: The Collected Poems of Thomas James with Graywolf Press in the US. She is Director ... read more
    Praise for Lucie Brock-Broido    'This is a poet who cultivates elegant nerviness and a riveting poetic clairvoyance... In Trouble in Mind we witness the imagination's virtuosity... distilled in the alembic of the poet's radical, brilliantly inventive diction.'
    Los Angeles Times Book Review

      'Brock-Broido's talismanic words open into a magical territory of 'Domestic Mysticism'...Something in Brock-Broido likes stealth, toxicity, wildness, neon... The poems leap off the page.'
    Helen Vendler, The New Yorker
    'A true original, Brock-Broido renews the language on every page, surely the essential work of the poet.'
    John Burnside
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