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Let's Not Live on Earth

If an alien ship came to Earth, would you get on?

Sarah Blake follows up her previous book of poetry, 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. 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, and 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 explores the interplay of perception and experience as it follows the story of a woman who must constantly ask herself what she wants as her world shifts around her.

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About the Author

SARAH BLAKE is the author of the poetry collection Mr. West, founder of the online writing tool Submittrs, and a recipient of an NEA Literature Fellowship. Her poetry has appeared in Kenyon Review, American Poetry Review, and The Rumpus. She lives outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Reviews

"Blake does an impressive job teasing out the complications of such a society."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"[A] fusion of lyric and narrative laced with a heady blend of pop culture — monsters, zombies — and science fiction. And it all has bearing on the issues of the day, without ever preaching, just laying out the possibilities and, even more, the worrisome ambiguities."—Frank Wilson, The Philadelphia Inquirer

"Blake does an impressive job teasing out the complications of such a society."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Blake does an impressive job teasing out the complications of such a society."—Brian Spears, The Rumpus

"I was captivated by the intersection of motherhood, self, and humanity—including the monsters. . Blake's style in this collection is narrative—a stance I admire because I think it's hard to do without drifting into prose. And 'Starship' is narrative at its epic best, its story line opening questions of desire, abandonment, choice."—Saturday Poetry Pick

"Up] to the challenge, a major achievement ... as authoritative a biography as [Honda] will probably ever receive. If you loved these movies as a kid (or even continue to do so in adulthood), this book will be mighty hard to put down."—Steve Macfarlane, Cineaste Magazine

"Where the authors really triumph is in the wealth of information provided about the autobiographical, historical and cultural context to Honda's work ... The impression gained from this impressively researched tome is of a self-effacing yet highly accomplished director with his own distinctive vision, who despite being hamstrung by the success of his most famous film managed a career that fully justifies the comprehensive and in-depth consideraton presented here."—Jasper Sharp, a

Endorsements

"Sarah Blake breaks her heart open for us in Let's Not Live on Earth by writing what being inside and outside the body is as simultaneity. I am jarred out of my own angle and what I've always known about bodies becomes uncanny."—Carmen Giménez Smith, author of Milk and Filth

"Sarah Blake breaks her heart open for us in Let's Not Live on Earth by writing what being inside and outside the body is as simultaneity. I am jarred out of my own angle and what I've always known about bodies becomes uncanny."—Carmen Giménez Smith, author of Milk and Filth
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