Meat Heart

Meat Heart None

  • Title: Meat Heart
  • Author: Melissa Broder
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 337
  • Format: Paperback
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    • Matt says:

      I really liked this, though I think I have a bone to pick with the ordering-- I might be totally misreading this, but the second and third sections each seemed complete on their own, developing related themes. The first section, though, felt kind of less unified, and that kind of threw me off-- I really appreciated the through-line of Xtianity and alcoholism (or that's how I'm reading it) in the second section after the shifting ground of the first section's poems, and when I went back to those [...]

    • J.A. says:

      The first time through I gave this book four stars, but it has grown on me in subsequent readings, and each new time through I see more and more, and I'd definitely recommend getting your hands on a copy.Interview at Monkeybicycle: monkeybicycle/blog/intervi

    • Brooks says:

      "Back from the flu today / so in love with power."

    • Ampersand Books says:

      Reviewed by CL BledsoeWhen one thinks of the ‘heart’ in poetry, one thinks of lovelorn teens frolicking through a meadow, ignorance and blame, self-absorption and ponies; in a word, one thinks of clichés and vague nothings. Beginning with the title of her second collection, Broder destroys the triteness of the ‘heart’ in poetry by getting right to the core of what the heart really is: meat. Broder is sending a clear message: this won’t be a collection sensitive poems hiding truth behi [...]

    • Leigh Stein says:

      This is an amazing collection: funny and weird and edible.

    • Rivka says:

      "The most romantic thing a human being can say/to another human being is Let me help you vomit."

    • Melissa says:

      FOR SAMPLE POEMS CHECK OUT: theawl/2011/07/three-p

    • Serena Valvardi says:

      If you want to read a book that stretches boundaries and challenges the world of poetry then you should read Meat Heart. It states what would normally be a taboo. It can make you slightly uncomfortable by using sexually explicit content that is a little unusual. It combines different themes like violence, sex, nature, and religion that Melissa Broder uses together to create a unique picture. It makes you reread the poems and question your own judgement. It really captures you and makes puts you [...]

    • Scott says:

      I just happened upon this book (and Melissa Broder) at the AWP conference in Chicago yesterday. I hadn't known of this this book, but after talking some nonsense for a while (one pronounces it 'poëems,' doesn't one?), I was given this book, a haunting and lovely collection of poems of shocking movement and sparkle. My heart broke, but that's OK--a second reading should help a bit.

    • Kevin says:

      This crazed-eyed, funny stuff reminds me of Jennifer L. Knox a little bit, but with shorter lines. I am preparing myself for the nightmares that are sure to come of Melissa, floating outside my bedroom window at night, reading the poem, "Sharon Tate, Man Up."

    • Jason Koo says:

      Three months in, this is the best poetry book of 2012 so far. Broder has a language and a rhythm all her own--this is one of the most original collections I've read in years. The poems in MEAT HEART read like new speech.

    • Greg Bem says:

      I felt my insides squabbling over carcass of image and ritual reinspection through feminine reinforcement, imagination a wan way of exploring a world of object.

    • Michael says:

      poetry, cool i guess. this is not about meat, never judge a book by its cover

    • Sophie says:

      Such an odd, cool book. I'll have to ponder this one some more.

    • Stephanie says:

      3.5-ish stars. A cool, albeit weird book. I liked a lot of the poems, but couldn't help this feeling that I was missing something.

    • Matt Lewis says:

      Broder's poetry celebrates a feminine nature that has been denied for far too long. It screams itself free of the conventions of histories, cultures, peoples, and exists as its own unique artifact. She channels so much of what is wrong and what is right with the human condition and distills them down into terse yet awe-inspiring displays of writing.

    • Chelsea Werner-Jatzke says:

      I bought this book after glancing at the first page and thinking, I don't know what "celery emergency" or "rutebaga for alarm" mean, but I like the way they sound. I had just seen Broder read at an offsite AWP event and I'm glad I followed up by reading her on the page where her words held much more weight than at the reading.

    • Emily says:

      I had only heard of Melissa Broder after she came out as @SoSadToday. The first read through felt much more universal & less topical than the @SoSadToday twitter account and I really like it. List of motifs (to revisit on next read): -illness/vomiting-meat-flowers

    • Michael says:

      Just got this one in the mail. That letter-pressed cover. That classy two-tone design. The shape, size, smell, feel, look of this one. If it's as nice on the inside as it is on the outside, then this one's a winner.

    • Alex says:

      makes me want to fuck, eat, chew off the part of my body tethering me to earthading meat heart feels like pink and purple cleavers tracing my skin like lovers

    • Larissa says:

      I was disappointed by this. I wanted to feel more when I read it.

    • Ian says:

      "Gate 27," "Waterfall," and "Umbrella Poem" have some nice lines.

    • Kat Dixon says:

      As poetry collections have come to be, there are some smart poems, some silly, senseless, waste of time poems.

    • Jim says:

      Feverishly funny poems about the problems of possessing a body that is frequently out of step with one's best intentions. Some devastatingly great lines.

    • Mark says:

      Umbrella Poem, Megachurch, Bye (“When I die I regret the dieting / and literary theory”), and “It Is Good” were favorites of mine.

    • Elizabeth Powell says:

      I love Melissa Broder's poems. She's the first poet I ever wrote a fan letter to. She cracks me up, breaks my heart, astounds me, and answers my questions about this weirdo existence called life.

    • Brooks says:

      This is the third Broder book I've read, and I've really liked all of them. Her viewpoint is so different from mine, but the lines are direct and honest and wry, which connects."but it would be a lie/ if I said that the heart/is not made out of meat/a fat and fatal core"

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