Monkeys, Minor Planet, Average Star by Gracie Leavitt
Monkeys, Minor Planet, Average Star
Poetry | $15.95
paperback, 104 pages, 6 x 8 in
Publication Date: 2014
ISBN: 978-1-937658-16-8

A playful, intoxicating debut by a young poet dedicated to expanding the boundaries of lyric poetry

Monkeys, Minor Planet, Average Star, Gracie Leavitt's first full-length collection, draws on rich lyric history, the love poem as prism, in an effort to create a postmodern pastoral. Leavitt's lines—a baroque tracery, sometimes dark, teasing prose, and pronoun-packed—and unstoppable syntax define her unique poetic vision. This idyll, with its bucolic scenery, its domestic scale, its erotic charge, charges forward into an ecofeminist future.

“Her heart has a huge vocabulary. The erotic frictions and syntactic torsions that make her work so exciting on the surface never linger in the abstract but always come close, close, inviting us into the play of feeling and, above all, the play of play.”—Robert Kelly