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My Body: New and Selected Poems

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Praise for MY BODY: "Over the decades of writing, Joan Larkin has proved her mastery, whether the poem is mythic, elegaic, or biographical. Her honesty is overwhelming....She is a poet of compassion and pity."—Gerald Stern


"Deft, probling language surges in these poems, to the music of free verse, metric invention, high rhetoric, & demonic wit."—Marie Ponsot


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ebook, 149 pages
Published July 22nd 2011 by Smashwords Edition (first published April 1st 2007)
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Joan Larkin's poetry covers thirty years and parts of four decades in this collection as she grapples with themes of sexuality, love, family, and loss, much of it autobiographical. She presents the new poems first and then moves backward in time. Taking them all into consideration, I can see the maturity and growth of her writing in the most recent poems, yet there is so much in every decade.
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“Is ‘vagina’ suitable for use
in a sonnet? I don’t suppose so.
A famous poet told me, ‘Vagina’s ugly.’
Meaning, of course, the sound of it. In poems.
Meanwhile he inserts his penis frequently
into his verse, calling it seriously, ‘My
Penis’. It is short, I know, and dignified.
I mean of course the sound of it. In poems.”
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