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The Opposite of Light

The Opposite of Light Kimberly Grey

Can the notion of Romantic love withstand our endless postmodern moment? In these extraordinary poems, Kimberly Grey explores our abiding need for neatness, order, and symmetry in matrimony, considering our ideals for love and language in this digital ageā€•its weightless, distracting, and inescapable pressures. She portrays the ways in which love reflects us back to ourselves: familiar but strange, predetermined but new. There is “a drop of blue light,” she writes. “But no high-tech way / to say you’re mine. No way to love / each other but with these ancient bodies."

Praise for the Book
"In this dazzling book, Grey does something brave. She investigates contemporary marriage without sounding ironic, treacly, or angry."—Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal

"[These poems] chime and resonate like deftly struck, fine crystal."—Janet St. John, ALA Booklist

"Kimberly Grey breaks open the syntax of marriage and complicates it, conjugates it, follows it to its naked end. There is as much forgiveness as there is blame, as much joy as there is grief. . . . This fascinating and soul-making collection is a celebration of love at its most reckless and most potent.”—D. A. Powell

“These poems are serious in their play, love poems in a world of interlocking technologies and language, tender buttons with a lot to say.”—Ken Fields 

About the Author
Kimberly Grey, a recent Wallace Stegner Fellow, is Marsh McCall Lecturer in Continuing Studies at Stanford University. Her poems have appeared in Boston Review, Kenyon Review, A Public Space, Tin House, and elsewhere.

Original trade paperback / $15.96 (Can $20.95) / ISBN 978-0-89255-471-3 / 64 pages / Poetry


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