Sep 25, 2020
So Much Synth
Posted by Brenda Shaughnessy

Shaughnessy s particular genius is utterly poetic, but essayistic in scope The New Yorker Brenda Shaughnessy s work is a good place to start for any passionate woman feeling daunted by poetry Cosmopolitan Shaughnessy s voice is smart, sexy, self aware, hip consistently wry, and ever savvy Harvard ReviewSubversions of idiom and clich punctuate Shaughnes Shaughnessy s particular genius is utterly poetic, but essayistic in scope The New Yorker Brenda Shaughnessy s work is a good place to start for any passionate woman feeling daunted by poetry Cosmopolitan Shaughnessy s voice is smart, sexy, self aware, hip consistently wry, and ever savvy Harvard ReviewSubversions of idiom and clich punctuate Shaughnessy s fourth collection as she approaches middle age and revisits the memories, romances, and music of adolescence So Much Synth is a brave and ferocious collection composed of equal parts femininity, pain, pleasure, and synthesizer While Shaughnessy tenderly winces at her youthful excesses, we humbly catch glimpses of our own.From Never Ever Late is a synonym for dead which is a euphemismfor ever Ever is a double edged word,at once itself and its own opposite alwaysand always some other time In the category of cleave, then To cut and to cling to,somewhat mournfully Brenda Shaughnessy was born in Okinawa, Japan and grew up in Southern California She is the author of three books of poetry, including Human Dark with Sugar, winner of the James Laughlin Award and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Our Andromeda, which was a New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books of 2013 She is an assistant professor of English at Rutgers University, Newark, and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

  • Title: So Much Synth
  • Author: Brenda Shaughnessy
  • ISBN: 9781556594878
  • Page: 357
  • Format: Hardcover
  • So Much Synth Shaughnessy s particular genius is utterly poetic but essayistic in scope The New Yorker Brenda Shaughnessy s work is a good place to start for any passionate woman feeling daunted by poetry Cosmopol

    Nat

    So Much Synth first caught my eye back in April with its dynamic last line of the introducing poem titled, I Have a Time Machine the past is so horribly fast I hurried on to request it from the publisher Copper Canyon Press and was beyond ecstatic and grateful when my copy finally arrived in my hands at the start of this month Subversions of idiom and clich punctuate Shaughnessy s fourth collection as she approaches middle age and revisits the memories, romances, and music of adolescence So Much [...]


    Jennifer

    I suspect some of So Much Synth might appeal most to readers of a certain age or to people with a certain questionable, perhaps fondness for music from the early 80s Fortunately, I fall right into the overlap of that Venn diagram A Mix Tape Don t You Forget About Me captures exactly the labor, hope, and doubt that went into the making and giving of those handmade compilations Mix tape private language, lost art, first book, cri de coeur, X ray, diary An exquisitely direct and sweet misunderstand [...]


    Aran

    Dense, super poems packed with sound Interspersed with some that remind me of Berryman s Love Fame in which the poet lapses into the demotic, describes adolescent goings on as if to you in a corner at a party where you re both drunk and confessing.


    Matthew

    If Shaughnessy s Interior with Sudden Joy collection did not exist, I probably would have given this one five stars instead of four The poems are personal without alienating Shaughnessy s love of words and sounds is at its strongest in years A perfect collection


    Elizabeth

    As heard on The New Yorker Radio Hour feeds.wnyc r newyorkerrad


    Chris Roberts

    Dream deepwater walked across Jesusstartled, I awakenedstill in my pajamasI kicked open the front door a briar patchone protracted ouch I journeyed up to the undulating roadthrew out my thumband deposited myself into a rainbow ice cream truckit left me off at the marshlandmet with with Edgar Allan Poe and Draculawe smoked hash in an upside down cathedralnearby was a lunatic asylumWard C, doors deadbolt lockedtwilight it beganthe barbarous femalesroared maternallyimpaled on spiked fences.Chris Ro [...]


    Kate Mildew

    I love Brenda Shaughnessy and this book has a lot of indulgence, but she pulls it off I disliked the two mixtape poems and I think the collection would be stronger without them A really enjoyable read that stays cohesive while the poems change from visually rich and opaque, to deeply nostalgic diary style poems A joy to read


    Leah Horlick

    Mixed race poet Brenda Sahguhnessy telling it like is is about puberty and the horrors of growing up feminine Yes.


    Jennifer AW

    A little too clever and self aware for me at times to declare it a GREAT read, but it is certainly good Worth a look And probably note to self worth going back and looking i.e reading again at some point.


    Amie Whittemore

    I dreamt I read this book and so then I had to check it out from the library It was wonderful, urgent, smart, provocative Highly recommend reading it in your dreams as well as real life.


    Jesi Brubaker

    Best poem Is There Something I Should Know Everyone needs to read this poem


    k.

    shaugnessy writes like a dream an ugly, raw one of Truth love it.


    Michelle

    An exciting new voice to me, anyway


    Sophie

    Epic and ranting shout to the sky at the indignity of being a girl and the wonder of it all, too Being stupid and young and wishing you could have soaked it in when you were stupid and young Love.


    Kylie

    I think the only reason I didn t enjoy this collection as much as I wanted to was because the stakes weren t so high A lot of the poetry I love is a punch to the face, and this ismething else It s very different from what I m used to Hands down, the best parts were about the poet s experiences in the dyke loft onward through her experiences during adolescence Those were the most gripping, the ones I got lost in Shaughnessy has this one line at the very beginning of the collection, though, that w [...]


    Nicole

    3.5 starsThis book was a lot playful than her last one It alternated between short playful poems by playful I mean super velvety in your mouth language, lots of alliteration, etc and longer poems about growing up into a woman and discovering her sexuality I believe she identifies as bisexual I m not sure which of the two groups were my favorite but it was fun to read She said this a book to her daughter which I can totally get.Also, I m absolutely obsessed with the cover of this book, the desir [...]


    Laura

    The latest collection by Shaughnessy is a reminiscence, but also a shoring up She s returning to all the most vulnerable places she s been with these poems What I like about Shaughnessy is that she s never the poet you think she is with each successive collection There s a thread of familiarity she affords her readers in So Much Synth, and she relies heavily on the assumption that you lll grasp this thread and trust her as she grapples with her own mortality, converses with her teenage ghosts, l [...]


    Ben G

    The opening poem is a grand thesis statement The Mixtape poems that close the book balance identity with an understanding of time, the selves we create and how to trust those selves can be reconciled When Shaughnessy finds a vein, she mines it fully, while finding the variations within to create dramatic movement.


    Pat Edwards

    Some great really great poems in this collection Why I stayed gives you an inside perspective on the dynamics of a violent relationship.The mix tapes poems took me back, but also pinpointed the truth paraphrase a mix tape isn t saying I love you it s saying listen to me, listen to me awesome.


    Robin

    Usually, long poems will lose momentum for me I blame a fast paced, multi tasking world Shaughnessy s long poems, though Grabbed my attention and held on the entire way through So beautifully written.


    Kristen Carter

    So Much Synth has so much insight on just living As i read, i related to every page and Shaughnessy takes on the struggle of life and shows how if you keep going, there is happiness among the pain.


    Ellie Botoman

    3.5


    Andrew

    2.5 stars, rounded up


    Brian

    Shaugnessy creates with an interesting voice Stories get told without the narrative driving the language out of surprising word juxtapositions and interesting phrasing, the narrative emerges.



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