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Domestic Interior

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  32 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
The poems in Domestic Interior describe the private and sometimes secret spaces of marriage, parenthood, and knowledge.
Paperback, 96 pages
Published August 28th 2008 by University of Pittsburgh Press (first published January 1st 2008)
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Aug 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
"Invective" alone is worth 5 stars. I love Stephanie Brown- she's subversive, naughty, funny and self-incriminating.
Justin Jannise
May 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Stephanie Brown is one of the most underrated American poets writing today -- if not one of the absolute best. Why does it seem like not many people are aware of her? I toy with the idea that she's a "poet's poet," like Elizabeth Bishop, but that makes her sound difficult, which she can be -- but perhaps more subtle and interesting than difficult. I've admired many of her poems, and this is the first full collection I've read, but there are so many strange and interesting and relevant lyrics her ...more
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Jan 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
Don’t make any assumptions about the title of Stephanie Brown’s newest book Domestic Interior. It is not in the same style, ethos, or niche as Martha Stewart Living, though it could deceivably pass as such if you only consider its title and cover. Actually, this acclaimed poet is writing about life – real life – and the experiences and escapades of the confusions, transgressions, and mistakes that have become - or perhaps always have been - a part of our everyday lives. The words and stanzas of ...more
Rebecca Grace
Nov 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
In Domestic Interior, Stephanie Brown gives her readers a look into marriage and parenthood from a realistic and sometimes disturbing perspective. In the poem "Domestic Interior," a marriage that was founded on "the macho stuff" slowly dissolves as the poem progresses and yet the relationship itself is never directly criticized. For readers who come from households with imperfect marriages, it certainly hits home.

As for her style, Brown utilizes repetition and an almost list-like structure in s
Feb 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
It is her unadulterated use of language that I admire most in Stephanie’s poems. Not that her words are pure or chaste, but they are forthright, brave, and often colloquial. Her lines propel us down the page into a sometimes funny, sometimes sad, but always spot-on world of housewives, husbands, fathers, mothers, and children. No one is left untouched, not even the speaker herself. Stephanie’s poems unhinge the “behind closed doors” idiom of Orange County life, and allow us into that interior sp ...more
Nov 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
Stephanie Brown's commentary on contemporary America is both engaging and frightening. In this book she opens the curtains that have long been closed, revealing that not all naked people are attractive, that more goes in in the home besides dinner-making, that we are all trapped in the understanding of existence. This poet is a social landscape artist. If you want to laugh out loud and then wonder if it's appropriate to laugh, go ahead, read this poetry. It is a collection of raw truth.
Mar 18, 2013 rated it did not like it
The ideas are promising, but the execution is disappointing. I will give Brown this: there are nuggets, little promises of What Might Have Been. But a handful of interesting lines and concepts does not a full and satisfying collection make.
Brooke Champagne
Jul 15, 2009 rated it it was ok
I'm not very attracted to the speaker of these poems, but I'm plodding along with her and her large breasts nonetheless.
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Stephanie Brown holds an MFA from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop and an MLS from the University of California, Berkeley. For the past twenty years she has pursued dual careers as writer and librarian. She is the author of Allegory of the Supermarket, published by the University of Georgia Press in 1998, and Domestic Interior, published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in 2008. Her w ...more
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