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The Lake Has No Saint

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Poetry. LGBT Studies. Winner of Tupelo Press's Snowbound Chapbook Award selected by Dana Levin. Stacey Waite's THE LAKE HAS NO SAINT is a study in grief--a work of poetic archaeology that traces the artifacts of the past into the relationships of the present. Embedded in a powerfully modulated sequence addressing a "you" who shifts in location and identity, many of these ...more
Paperback, 40 pages
Published November 15th 2010 by Tupelo Press
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Jordan
Feb 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Stacey Waite’s the lake has no saint is a meditation on love, gender identity, and the harsh ways of mankind. The title of the book is repeated in the poem “when in a cabin in maine” when the speaker says, “the lake / has no saint / after which / to take its name” (19). From this, the reader can surmise that the collection centers around the theme of identity struggle. The poet seems to ask how our identities are thrust upon us and what happens when a lake (or a person) has no one from whom to ...more
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the lake has no saint Chapbook Review

After reading Stacey Waite’s the lake has no saint I desire to stalk her into her writing-room, sit down in a corner, and discover her secrets. I would observe her tricks and write them down in a small notebook I would keep in my pocket for later use. These tricks would answer the questions “how does she manage to write a chapbook in which all poems sound like an extension of one poem?”, “How does she manage to write a chapbook full of poems that
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Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
when learning to be a boy

the neighbor boys look for frogs in the yard. i do not want them to find one. i want them to invent the game in which they are not looking for something to harm. i want them to invent the game in which they are not building villages they will bomb from their plastic planes. they make the bomb noises in unison. they fall down giggling in the grass until their mother names what has been cooking inside.
Johnathon Prather
Feb 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
Stacey Waite’s “the lake has no saint” is a series of prose-poems that reflect the author’s personal experience with gender. Waite coolly composes a self-portrait of her life- on that intends to muddle the boundary line between traditional gender conceptualizations. Unfortunately, the thing that was most muddled to me was the meaning and purpose of several poems in the collection. I have great respect for Waite as a poet. However, I could not understand what she intended to say in many of her ...more
Adriana
Feb 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Stacey Waite’s “the lake has no saint” is an intimate, brutally honest, and poignant collection which explores identity and gender. The nature of her fragmented prose poems both jar the reader as well as spurn them on, pushing them to question what they know about the gender dichotomy and identity. In “when the chalk of androgyny”, Waite cries out in a voice representing her younger self questioning her body and how she feels in it.

my mother. somehow i knew she wasn’t bothered by the stick
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Jordan Farmer
Feb 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
An excellent collection of mostly prose poems, if you would like to call them that, by a very talented poet. Highly recommended.
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Stacey Waite was the winner of the 2004 Frank O'Hara Prize for Poetry for her first chapbook entitled Choke, as well as the 2006 Main Street Rag Chapbook Contest for her chapbook Love Poem to Androgyny. She lives with her partner in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she studies Tai Chi, searches for old clay roof tiles and walks through Frick Park with her greyhound, Rohen. She has been teaching ...more