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Sit How You Want
Power and sex take centre stage in Robin Richardson’s formidable third collection, Sit How You Want. Plane crashes and automobile mishaps are the backdrop for female narrators who grapple with terror, anxiety, and powerlessness: “When I say I’m fine I mean the sky has opened / like an old wound under scurvy.” In their grim wit, sinister straight talk, and sometimes violent ...more
Paperback, 78 pages
Published June 1st 2018 by Véhicule Press
(first published April 1st 2018)
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Apr 27, 2018 Margaryta rated it liked it
The poems in this collection are impressively well-connected thematically, plunging the reader into a modern-day recreation of film noir. A literary equivalent of dream pop, "Sit How You Want" is a mixture of feminism and surrealism which is, much like noir genre, an acquired taste. These are poems that should be savored and drawn out, as too much in one go will lead to an sensorial rush that diminishes their brilliantly self-contained nature.
Robin Richardson is Editor-in-Chief at Minola Review, and is founder of the School of Creative Integration. Her work has appeared in Salon, Poetry Magazine, The Walrus, Hazlitt, and Tin House, among others. She holds an MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College, has won the Fortnight Poetry Prize in the U.K., The John B. Santorini Award, The Joan T. Baldwin Award, and has been shortlisted for the ...more