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Stay, Illusion: Poems

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  168 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Stay, Illusion, the much-anticipated volume of poems by Lucie Brock-Broido, illuminates the broken but beautiful world she inhabits. Her poems are lit with magic and stark with truth: whether they speak from the imagined dwelling of her “Abandonarium,” or from habitats where animals are farmed and harmed “humanely,” or even from the surreal confines of death row, they find ...more
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published October 15th 2013 by Knopf (first published January 1st 2013)
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Erica Wright
Lucie Brock-Broido embodies the myth of the Poet as someone separate, hiding in alcoves as a child and hiding in imagination as an adult. Yet the poems of *Stay, Illusion* connect with others, confess a need for touch if not for understanding. There’s an undercurrent of vulnerability that does not detract from their artfulness, but rather includes readers in the art. Although only one poem is dedicated to Brock-Broido’s late friend Liam Rector, he appears elsewhere, haunting the collection as in ...more
Jenny (Reading Envy)
(Read during Day 2 of NaNoReadMo.)

This book of poetry has to win the National Book Award. It has to, because I almost couldn't stand to read it. It is poems like this that convince me I will never be a writer! Even the obsession with death and loss couldn't steer me away from these poems.

You have to see for yourself. One of my favorites is online at - A Meadow. Start there!

A little blurb from A Meadow:
"He might have been
Half-beautiful in a certain optic nerve
Of light, but legible only
The title of Brock-Broido's book is perfect. Taken from Horatio's exhortation to King Hamlet's ghost to remain a few moments longer and explain himself, prove his existence, keep the watchers company a few, fleeting seconds longer, it embodies the thrust Brock-Broido's poems wonderfully.

There is so much magic and these lines, literal meaning always just out of reach. Brock-Broido is a master of the surprising turn of phrase, and these appear on almost every page of the book "Each child still has
I picked this up because the cover is so, so pretty. This is also a great title for a book of poetry, really. But especially for this collection. You know that it is haunted by so many things.

I ended up liking this a lot. She is a very lyrical poet. I loved her attention to sound, and her language is lush. Sometimes her poems are impenetrable in this collection and I just felt around the edges. That irritates me, but when I let that go then I enjoyed myself, the indecipherable movements I got.
Some of my favorite authors like Paul Auster, Don DeLillo and Thomas Pynchon get so far out there that the narrative, plot, character development, message, storyline and what have you get lost. Either that or I am truly a dolt and miss the forest from the trees.

Unfortunately, when it came to this National Book Award nominee for poetry, one of those two things happened. My ego tells me to think it was the former and, thus, the poet's fault while my conscience tells me it is more likely the latte
Her vocabulary is much bigger than mine. Good practice!
Baroque. Gorgeous. Inimitable.
Jamie Dougherty
Incidentally, my forthcoming album shares its title with this book. We both like Hamlet.

Words I learned from this book: trilobite, tamp, portière, retinue, tourniquet, venatic, syrinx, wold, castrato, sejant, besotted, seersucker, capuchin, grok, pram, vocable (n.), fetlock, hillock, neurasthenic, escutcheon, civet, natter, mummery, curlew, cortège, sacrarium, budgerigar, Hindemith, trammel, batiste, crinoline, Ashkenazi, abbatoir*, bitumen, bowered, physiognomy, dementia praecox, Trakl, barberr
Japhy Grant
A bit about how I came to pick-up Lucie Brock-Broido's latest: It's been a year of screaming dullness for me. It began with a friend - the talented, too talented and too romantic and too everything kind, dying for reasons very much connected to his twin afflictions of talent and romance. This was the second time I'd seen this happen in as many years and the repetition compounded the message: That vision isn't just seeing, it's finding a way to survive all you've seen.

In any event, my talented fr
I know she's famous. I even met her at a reading. I know she's won awards and she's considered genius by some. But, I just don't appreciate this type of poetry. I don't like abstractions and I don't like just listening to language or words for the sake of them. I like concrete poetry; I like it when my senses see/taste/hear/smell what is going on. I felt too much adrift. She has a fantastic vocabulary and her poetry is musical, but this just isn't my cup of tea. I would likely appreciate this a ...more
David Schaafsma
National Book award nominee of 2013. Great title, and there's her own ghosts in it, principally her friend Liam. Language rich. Aphoristic, in places. Lyrical, sort of haunted and haunting. Still, I was not taken by many of the poems, as driven as they all seem to be by a similar aesthetic and tone and strategy.
I found the first section of this book to be a bit off-putting. It seemed too closed, and merely like an assembly of disconnected lines.
As the book went on, either the poems got better, or I got more accustomed to reading them, but I began to like it more. I ended up liking the collection very much.
I find her images odd, but interesting. The language is beautiful. I enjoyed how images and ideas recurred throughout the poems.
I look forward to rereading some of these poems in the coming days.
Laura Lilly Cotten
I'm sure this is a five. These poems are haunted with mystical memories of nature. They're living with ghosts. There's so much there I didn't understand.
While in earlier books I couldn't relate enough to her mythical, illusory world, in "Stay, Illusion" I enjoyed my stay.
'The smaller the light to write to becomes, the more / I have to say to you.' 'Lie here with me in snow.' This collection feels heavy, winsome, intelligent, like a mosaic, sometimes incomprehensible - all of which are ok by me. There are more than a handful of poems here I look forward to returning to (especially 'For a Snow Leopard in October'). Also I think you'll have to agree that the author photo is nothing short of epic. Some themes: dead father, animals, darkness/light, middle of the coun ...more
Laura Jordan
Reviews for poetry are hard. When you consider the craft of it all, of putting together these combinations of words and images and thoughts, how can you not want to give everything five stars (excepting, of course, anything that begins with "There once was a man from Nantucket...")? But I also have to take into account how much I enjoyed it, how much each poem spoke to me, and, quite honestly, these poems were like tiny, little exquisite formations of nonsense. At least for me, there wasn't any ...more
Jan 27, 2014 Abby rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: poetry
Standout lines, to me:

"The less the light the more the discontent in the dark." -- "On Having Contracted the Habit of Believing in the Interior World"

"Until you sever the thing, from self, it feels./Thereafter it belongs to none." -- "Bird, Singing"

"Your licensed massage therapist/Loves you more concretely than I do. I, abstract, adoring, distant/And unsalvageable. She said, Give up, be palpable--all Hand." -- "The Pianist"

Lovely, high-vocabulary poems with lots of "air." Recurring motifs: lung
Juli Anna Herndon
This is a masterful work by one of today's greatest living poets. Lucid, playful, brutal, illuminated--contemporary lyric poetry at its very, very best.
After reading each poem twice I joined her in her world, it expanded my experience. Discovered her playfulness and surprises. Came to love the textures, and textiles, as a theme. And then I re-read the book with pleasure.
gaudy, sad, haunted by ghosts; I loved it.
This book made me want to name and rename everything I know
Lucie Brock-Broido is practically my dream poet. Intricate, opulent, tactile, spooky, slippery, her hair's insane. Maybe this isn't her best but it's pretty magical. Gorgeous. Romantic. Look, I can't convey its beauty, what do I look like, an actual book reviewer?
Oct 17, 2013 Liam rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: poetry
This was a good collection because of the interplay between reality and the mythic lives. Some poems are difficult and require another reading later this winter.
Evocative language, staggering lines, high-minded. Questions rise from statements, and questions are statements.
Richard Anderson
Always surprising. Ashbery's heir?
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Lucie Brock-Broido is the author of three collections of poetry. She has received many honors, including the 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, a ...more
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