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Steal It Back
Sandra Simonds

2015 • 96 pp. 5 1/2 x 7 1/2"

$15.00 Paperback, 978-0-9915454-9-0

“She contends with being one life amongst the millions of lives differentiated simply by place, time, and sex. Simonds playfully and powerfully writes in the recognition of every attempt at self-preservation."—Publishers Weekly

Steal It Back takes on the powers that be, heralding the dawn of a revolution

What if all women try to Steal It Back? America, art, life. They’re in Sephora, on Twitter, at McDonald’s. They’re single mothers and teachers, Catholic schoolgirls and martyrs. And they’re all stealing it back. Sylvia Plath gets a Malibu beach house. Lady Gaga hatches from an egg of triumph. They’re hovering between the tax collectors and the Romantics, between Florida’s lakes and every lavish thing in seventeenth-century France. Steal It Back journeys through America’s factories, its Bed Bath & Beyonds, and its homes, where desires rise and fall, where they decide what they will fight for and what they will concede. Steal It Back, Sandra Simonds’s fourth poetry collection, is a primal scream that we can’t help but pay attention to.

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“These unforgettable new poems sway (meaning both swing and persuade) with the kind of intellectual heft and verbal play only Sandra Simonds cam make.”—Terrance Hayes

From the Book:

Give me a quiet garden, Horatio. One made of mouths, the skin
of Dionysus and flowers spilling into the stone courtyard
and let the courtyard not be made of the sun's lace
for we must wait until the 16th century
for lace to make its appearance. Not of Venetian glass beads
for no slave has yet been traded for glass. Rather let us
build the openwork fabric of our garden
on the fear in the body
of a simple virgin who approaches marriage and if the details
of these frescoes are difficult to interpret, still, there can be
no argument as to their high quality.

SANDRA SIMONDS is the author of The Sonnets, Mother Was a Tragic Girl, and Warsaw Bikini. Her poems have been anthologized in the Best American Poetry 2014 and 2015. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, Granta, American Poetry Review, Chicago Review, Fence, and elsewhere. She is an assistant professor of English and humanities at Thomas University in Thomasville, Georgia.

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