Sarah Blake follows up Mr. West with a stunning second collection about anxieties and injury. Blake uses self-consciousness as a tool for transformation, looking so closely at herself that she moves right through the looking glass and into the larger world. In Let’s Not Live on Earth, fear becomes palpable through the classification of monsters and through violences made real. When the poems find themselves in the domestic realm, something is always under threat. The body is never safe, nor are the ghosts of the dead. But these poems are not about cowering. By detailing the dangers we face as humans, as Americans, especially as women, these poems suggest we might find a way through them. The final section of the book is a feminist, science-fiction epic poem, “The Starship,” which follows the story of a woman who must constantly ask herself what she wants as worlds shift around her.
Let’s Not Live on Earth will be out on December 5, 2017 from Wesleyan University Press. It can be preordered through UPNE and other retailers. The cover features a painting by Nicky Arscott. Follow the links below to poems in the collection.
Three poems in the January/February issue of American Poetry Review
Neutron Star in Kenyon Review
For Max in The Rumpus
Three poems and an interview in Connotation Press
Two poems in Horsethief
(one is featured on Lushlife’s interdisciplinary mixtape in support of the ACLU)
Three poems in Storyscape
Three poems in Arsenic Lobster
The beginning of The Starship first appeared in TriQuarterly (with audio recording)
The entirety of The Starship was published in illustrated installments at Berfrois, with enormous gratitude for all of the contributing artists
Praise for The Starship at Queen Mob’s Teahouse
“We’re Getting Older” by Instar (Greg Greenberg, Doug Van Bevers, Aaron Musquiz) with guests: Travis Orbin, Hayato Imanishi, Dan Wieten, and Sarah Blake