"The best gift a poem can give is to allow the 'I' to be its own cool animal," writes Dorothea Lasky, and by this line I was immediately hooked. I happen to have a fondness for essays by poets, and I don't think you have to be a poet or a student of poetry to appreciate Lasky's insights into the poetic imagination. These essays examine poetry through its relationship to ghosts, animals (including Animal from the Muppets), colors, and bees. Each one is lovely, smart, and just the right amount of feral.— Molly
Constellating four central topics--ghosts, colors, animals, and bees--in highly attuned prose, Dorothea Lasky explores the powers and complexities of the lyric, "metaphysical I," which she exposes as one of the central expressions of human wildness. In deceptively simple language carrying profound insights directly to readers--with a sense that is at once bold and subtle--Lasky serves as an encouraging guide through the startling, sometimes dangerous, always exhilarating landscapes of feral poetic imagination.
About the Author
Dorothea Lasky is the author, most recently, of The Wild Wind in the Space of the Word, published in the Bagley Wright Lecture Series from Wave Books (Wave Books, forthcoming). She is also the author of several full-length collections of poetry, including Milk (Wave Books, 2018), Rome (Liveright/W.W. Norton, 2014), Thunderbird (Wave Books, 2012), Black Life (Wave Books, 2010), and AWE (Wave Books, 2007), and is the co-editor of Open the Door: How to Excite Young People About Poetry (McSweeney's, 2013). She holds a doctorate in creativity and education from the University of Pennsylvania, is a graduate of the MFA program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and has been educated at Harvard University and Washington University. She has taught poetry at New York University, Wesleyan University, and Bennington College. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of Poetry at Columbia University's School of the Arts and lives in New York City.