Poetry. In PORTRAIT OF DOOM, Marie Buck creates a cast of angsty heroes who speculate on their own bodies and the fucked-up, ever-shifting world around them. The characters suffer their fates and wait for an opening, a site for confronting the cops, spiders, parents, brokers, dragons, and ice-bombers who control their pleasures and threaten to keep them in cycles of misery and ecstatic hope forever. Buck's new book is as mobile as this cast of characters and antagonists is diverse and relentless—militant, tender, outraged, witty, understated, and excessive. "With our bombs melting / what's the right thing to do? / The opening we want is behind its ear."
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Marie Buck is the author of Life & Style (Patrick Lovelace Editions, 2009), PORTRAIT OF DOOM (Krupskaya, 2015), and GOODNIGHT, MARIE, MAY GOD HAVE MERCY ON YOUR SOUL (Roof Books, 2017). She curates the online literary section of Social Text, where she is also managing editor, and recently completed a doctoral dissertation on newspapers, pamphlets, and other writing of the Black Power and Women's Liberation movements. You can find some of her recent poems and essays in Theme Can and Prelude. She grew up in South Carolina, spent time in western Massachusetts and Detroit, and currently lives in Brooklyn.Author City: BROOKLYN, NY USA