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02 April 2008 @ 02:10 pm
Lucie Brock-Broido; she loves her cats, we like her poetry!  

Lucie Brock Broido  is the director of the Writing Program at Columbia University; she has also taught at Harvard and Princeton University.  Lucie has published three books of verse including A Hunger, The Master Letters, and Trouble in Mind. She has been described by critic Stephen Burt as an elliptical poet i.e. a poet who " tries to manifest a person who speaks the poem and reflects the poet while using all the verbal gizmos developed over the last few decades to undermine the coherence of speaking selves". A New York Times critic, Maureen N. McLane, has spoken of the "acoustic gorgeousness" of her work. Others have spoken of the decadence of Lucie's writing.  From my reading of LBB, I tend to agree with these characterizations, however, I will add that Lucie is not a poet that can be explained away with any single label. Frankly, many of her lines are timeless gems of lyric poetry.

A bit more background: Lucie was born and raised in Pittsburgh. She received her B.A. and her M.A. from Johns Hopkins University, and her M.F.A. from Columbia University.

Her Awards: "Witter-Bynner prize of Poetry from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Harvard Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Award, the Harvard-Danforth Award for Distinction in Teaching, the Jerome J. Shestack Poetry Prize from American Poetry Review, two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, and a Guggenheim fellowship."

Some of her poems that I like:

"Domestic Mysticism"

"After the Grand Perhaps"

"Did Not Come Back"

"How Can It Be I am No Longer I"

"Am Moor"

       To listen to a poem in Lucie's voice, click right here.

W.T. Pfefferlewtpfefferle on March 9th, 2011 12:21 am (UTC)
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