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Luck Is Luck: Poems

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From the snowy egret to a woman’s floating rib, nudism in America to Holy Communion, Simone de Beauvoir to Nathan’s hot dogs–the subjects in Lucia Perillo’s fourth collection of poetry lift off from surprising places and touch down on new ground. Hers is a vision like no other. In “To My Big Nose,” she muses: “hard to imagine what the world would have looked like / if not ...more
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published March 22nd 2005 by Random House
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Jun 12, 2009 Will rated it really liked it
Originally, I read one of Lucia Perillo's short stories, "Bad Boy Number Seventeen," and was amazed by how she could turn a joke beyond just being funny. Without diminishing the honesty of the joke, she found a way to frame her humor within the context of a larger sense of tragedy—ultimately, entrenching us in a character's pain while simultaneously showing us how they cope with that pain. In Luck Is Luck, Perillo continues exploring this territory, bringing a sort of double-edged hilarity into ...more
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Jun 12, 2009 Sherry Chandler rated it really liked it
Shelves: thepoets
I seem to be doing straight 4s lately with my ratings but I really did enjoy these poems. I first encountered Lucia Perillo at the Indiana University Writers Conference about five years ago and I've been a fan ever since. I am always impressed by fearlessness and Perillo strikes me as fearless in looking at death, disability, sex, and concepts of physical beauty. Plus there's this whimsy that constantly delights me. Who else sees crows as "Little Elvises"?

The Crows Start Demanding Royalties

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Feb 28, 2011 Sandra rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
In three parts, somewhat memoir-ish, organized from youth through old age, with flashbacks. Tone is humorous, edgy, irreverent. She is able to observe clearly where she is and render an original, satisfying appraisal. Great detail on birds, fish and religion. She has a relevant currency, and I want to read more of her work.
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Shelves: poetry, pnw
A feast. Well curated.

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- "Because God did not want to look down from his going up / and see the tops of female heads—go figure— / come every Easter my sister and I wore hats / instead of our normal bobby-pinned mantillas."
Sep 12, 2008 Erik rated it liked it
a moving poet with an eye for the mundane details of life and how they and we interact. the poem from which the title of the book derives is powerful and the full line reads, "even bad luck / is luck." i like that.
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Lucia Perillo has published five books of poetry, most recently Inseminating the Elephant, and a book of essays, I’ve Heard the Vultures Singing,. Perillo graduated from McGill University in Montreal in 1979 with a major in wildlife management and subsequently worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. She completed her M.A. in English at Syracuse University, and has taught at Saint Martin's C ...more
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