The Opposite Of Light: Poems by Kimberly GreyThe Opposite Of Light: Poems by Kimberly Grey

The Opposite Of Light: Poems

byKimberly Grey

Paperback | April 19, 2016

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Can the notion of Romantic love withstand our endless postmodern moment? In these extraordinary poems, Kimberly Grey explores our abiding need for neatness, order, and symmetry in matrimony, considering our ideals for love and language in this digital age—its weightless, distracting, and inescapable pressures. She portrays the ways in which love reflects us back to ourselves: familiar but strange, predetermined but new. There is “a drop of blue light,” she writes. “But no high-tech way / to say you’re mine. No way to love / each other but with these ancient bodies."
Kimberly Grey, a recent Wallace Stegner Fellow, is Marsh McCall Lecturer in Continuing Studies at Stanford University. Her poems have appeared in Boston Review, Kenyon Review, A Public Space, Tin House, and elsewhere.
Title:The Opposite Of Light: PoemsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:64 pages, 9.1 × 7 × 0.2 inPublished:April 19, 2016Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

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Grey raises a wall of sound while meditating on love, power, and control in her debut collection...: “Built your truss, built your small back,/ all I could muster, all cheek and luck.” Grey lures readers into a world full of clever language and heartfelt metaphor. — Publishers WeeklyIn this dazzling book, winner of the 2015 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize in Poetry, Grey does something brave. She investigates contemporary marriage without sounding ironic, treacly, or angry — Library JournalIn her debut collection, Grey, a recent Wallace Stegner fellow, uses mental and linguistic acrobatics to explore what modern love and marriage really looks like. — BooklistIn Kimberly Grey’s debut... the opposite of light is not darkness but “light’s potential”—dark because unknown, perhaps, but with the possibility “to change us into that thing we never were / before.” Grey’s subject is marriage, or the conjugation of a you and an I, and her poems traverse the emotional terrain of coupling while grammatically conjugating what togetherness looks and feels like—“We love, you / have loved I will love/ you”—in the twenty-first century. — SCOUTWhen I recall myself reading and rereading The Opposite of Light, I think back to that line in “Somehow, We Are A We”: “Your loveliness is measured / by the number of poor things you’ve dazzled.” I’m one of those poor things, dazzled. — Ron SlateThe body expands and shrinks—from nation to imagined space to physical, visceral flesh—in The Opposite of Light. Grey uses grammar and syntax to navigate and negotiate time in these poems, where moments in the past and present can be examined in minute detail, even from beyond the moment’s perspective. This visually textual manner of presenting memory through poetry demonstrates a reverberating power. — Colorado Review