APRIL IS NATIONAL POETRY MONTH: ‘Trouble in Mind’: Lucie Brock-Broido

  • By David M. Kinchen, with information from Knopf 
APRIL IS NATIONAL POETRY MONTH:   'Trouble in Mind': Lucie Brock-Broido

Lucie Brock-Broido’s last book, Trouble in Mind, came out in 2004, so we are more than ready for a major new collection from her; watch for Stay, Illusion, to come this October. Looking both back and forward, then, here’s one of Brock-Broido’s many turns on the self-portrait poem.

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Self-Portrait with Her Hair on Fire

Now, it is as dark as the pathos of pushing a wheel-

Chair through the museum of a great metropolis.

I cannot tell you this, not now, not ever, even

In the letter I have written that is so epic

That if you were to open it, the pages would sail out

In the wind like confection moths being born

In the thousands out of their sacks, blowing

Away, page by page, in a wind the color of her hair

Across a medieval pillow endlessly scorched,

The singe of something living tinged with fire.

I will go on loving as I love the backs

Of things and the invisible,

As I love the hideous or an attention

So attentive it is next to worshipping.



Excerpt from TROUBLE IN MIND, © 2004 by Lucie Brock-Broido. Excerpted by permission of Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House, Inc., New York. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.



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