Advice from the Lights by Stephen Burt

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Advice from the Lights Read Online Free - Stephen is sometimes Stephanie and sometimes wonders how his past and her past are their own collective memory

Advice from the Lights is a brilliant and candid exploration of gender and identity and a series of looks at a formative past. It's part nostalgia, part confusion, and part an ongoing wondering: How do any of us achieve adulthood? And why would we want to, if we had the choice? This collection is woven from and interrupted by extraordinary sequences, including Stephanie poems about Stephen's female self; poems on particular years of the poet's early life, each with its own memories, desires, insecurities, and pop songs; and versions of poems by the Greek poet Callimachus, whose present-day incarnation worries (who doesn't?) about mortality, the favor of the gods, and the career of Taylor Swift. The collection also includes poems on politics, location, and parenthood. Taken all together, this is Stephen Burt's most personal and most accomplished collection, an essential work that asks who we are, how we become ourselves, and why we make art.

Title : Advice from the Lights
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ISBN : 1555977898
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 96 pages


Marne rated it ★★★★☆

November 18, 2017

It’s hard to know how to review this book, and maybe I would have done better if I hadn’t tried to learn anything beyond the text about the author. The book is credited to Stephen Burt, and some of the poems are in the voice of a female persona named Stephanie. I’m not sure how long ago the book...

Darrel rated it ★★★★☆

September 23, 2017

I received this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway and consider myself fortunate for it. I found the poetry within the pages here to be frank, ingenuous and endearing, nostalgic and agreeably tender. The poems in this collection reflect an exploration of how (often asking when) do we attain adu...

R.K. rated it ★★☆☆☆

August 28, 2017

A goodreads giveaway. A few poems were good. A few others has 2-4 good lines but the rest of the lines seems to me out of place. And the other poems I couldn't get into.

Ashley rated it ★★★★☆

September 26, 2017

I appreciate the perspective and some lines really spoke to me. I didn't resonate with some of the subject interests but I like the writing - especially Stephanie :)

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