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Let’s Not Live on Earth
Sarah Blake

Wesleyan Poetry Series

2017 • 128 pp. 6 x 9"
Poetry / Poetry - American

$15.95 Paperback, 978-0-8195-7765-8
$30.00 Hardcover, 978-0-8195-7766-5

$12.99 Ebook, 978-0-8195-7767-2

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“Blake does an impressive job teasing out the complications of such a society.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

If an alien ship came to Earth, would you get on?

Sarah Blake follows up her previous book of poetry, Mr. West, with a stunning second collection about anxieties and injury. Blake uses self-consciousness as a tool for transformation, looking so closely at herself that she moves right through the looking glass and into the larger world. Fear becomes palpable through the classification of monsters and through violences made real. When the poems find themselves in the domestic realm, something is always under threat. The body is never safe, nor are the ghosts of the dead. But these poems are not about cowering. By detailing the dangers we face as humans, as Americans, and especially as women, these poems suggest we might find a way through them. The final section of the book is a feminist, science fiction epic poem, “The Starship,” which explores the interplay of perception and experience as it follows the story of a woman who must constantly ask herself what she wants as her world shifts around her.

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Reviews / Endorsements

“Blake does an impressive job teasing out the complications of such a society.”—Brian Spears, The Rumpus

“[A] fusion of lyric and narrative laced with a heady blend of pop culture — monsters, zombies — and science fiction. And it all has bearing on the issues of the day, without ever preaching, just laying out the possibilities and, even more, the worrisome ambiguities.”—Frank Wilson, The Philadelphia Inquirer

“Sarah Blake breaks her heart open for us in Let’s Not Live on Earth by writing what being inside and outside the body is as simultaneity. I am jarred out of my own angle and what I’ve always known about bodies becomes uncanny.” Carmen Giménez Smith, author of Milk and Filth

From the Book:

A Threat

I answered the door to a young man.
He looked relieved. And then lustful.

He stepped aside as if to make 
a place for me to stand beside him. 

I realized quickly that I was the lady.
And if that were true then nearby

there was a door quite like mine,
and behind it, frantic, livid, the tiger.

SARAH BLAKE is the author of the poetry collection Mr. West, founder of the online writing tool Submittrs, and a recipient of an NEA Literature Fellowship. Her poetry has appeared in Kenyon Review, American Poetry Review, and The Rumpus. She lives outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Thu, 6 Sep 2018 11:47:22 -0500