Lisa Russ Spaar
In the wake of Blue Venus, called “a virtuoso book” by the Los Angeles Times Book Review, comes this ravishing volume of bodily, even carnal prayers, that quiver with the ecstasy and anguish of longing. Lisa Russ Spaar has long produced poems that emit a palpable, devotional Eros, but Satin Cash is a raw, more elemental invocation of human yearning—a startling song of worship and fetish.
“Spaar has created an entrancing world of lush language and passionate imaginings, where a womb is a ‘chivalric piñata,/ quixotic hourglass,’ and a turtle appears ‘emerging from its stone/ velvet, vulnerable,’ poems as beautiful and fragile as the creatures and gardens they contain.”
“In Satin Cash, Lisa Russ Spaar shows herself to be what she has always been, a love poet, a poet of love. These poems with their lush and layered music exfoliate like depth charges. This is a book to read again and again.”
—Mark Jarman, author of Epistles
Lisa Russ Spaar is the author of five books of poetry and a collection of essays, including Orexia, Blue Venus, and Vanitas, Rough and the editor of three poetry anthologies. She was a 2014 Finalist for the National Book Circle Critics Award for Excellence in Reviewing. Other honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Rona Jaffe Award, among others. She is Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Virginia.
Paperback / $14.00 (Can. $15.50) / ISBN 978-0-89255-343-3 / 72 pages / Poetry