Brigitte Byrd Song of a Living Room (New)

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Song of a Living Room (New)

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Poetry. Invoking theorists, philosophers, and such poets as John Berryman and Lyn Hejinian, the poems of Brigitte Byrd's third book ask the reader to follow a ribbon threaded among music, movies, poetics, and an unlinear sense of time. Its prose poems recount and deconstruct a relationship between two central characters experiencing this journey "Like an authentic vision. Like slipping into a Celtic knot. Like a new perception of space." "Brigitte Byrd writes dense, lovely, provocative poems. Their prose forms and often rational diction are an entrancing shell game showing and shifting and showing again the true passion and lyricism of her work. In this way, she illuminates the eternal struggle that our minds and our bodies and our hearts are always engaged in with each other and with themselves. SONG OF A LIVING ROOM is a splendid collection"--Robert Olen Butler.

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A native of France where she was trained as a dancer, Brigitte Byrd first moved to Hawaii in 1989 then relocated to Mississippi (briefly), Florida, and most recently, Georgia. She is the author of Song of a Living Room (Ahsahta, 2009), The Dazzling Land (Black Zinnias, 2008), and Fence above the Sea (Ahsahta, 2005). She is an Associate Professor of English teaching Creative Writing at Clayton State University  and an editorial reviewer for Confluence: The Journal of Graduate Liberal Studies.

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Byrd's cerebral prose poems are couched in an air of hyper-rationality that belies their visceral energy. . . .[She] casts her analogic net so widely it convincingly illuminates the interrelationship between mind and body, subject and object, ego and environment. Very, very highly recommended. -- Seth Abramson, Huffington Post

Song of a Living Room is an intriguing collection of poems that uses pleasurably lush language to explore the problems of displacement, alienation and the struggle to define ourselves and our surroundings. It is well worth the read. -- Stephanie Burns, H_ngm_n

Byrd, in Song of a Living Room, treats speakerhood as a Godard-esque narration of disconnect.... there is an imimitable sort of "voice-over" in the poems. -- Olivia Cronk, Bookslut

Byrd's method makes sense. This is the logic of daily life, of association, a leap from phrase to phrase, from line to line, a poem seeking Icarus's pleasures. -- Franklin Winslow, Coldfront

The book is a must read for any experimental poet searching for heightened language and enduring metaphor, as well as for any reader who can appreciate the sensuality of stunning wordcraft.  -- Anna King, Apalachee Review

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