Instructions for the Lovers (Paperback)
A taught, tender collection of poems woven with sadness and loss dealing with aging, attachments, and the precarity of life.
"Dawn Lundy Martin's poems read like a real-time excavation of what poetry can and can't do," writes Maggie Nelson. In Instructions for the Lovers, her most stripped down, direct work to date, Martin creates a poetic field dense with thought, image, and sound as she reflects on her relationship with her mother, experiences of queer polyamory, lesbian sex, and the racist conditions within the dying American university system. With rigorously embodied vulnerability and virtuosity, Martin constructs moments of pleasure, humor, and sexiness woven with grief--a tender body to live in.
About the Author
Dawn Lundy Martin is an American poet and essayist. She is the author of four books of poems: GoodStock Strange Blood, winner of the 2019 Kingsley Tufts Award for Poetry; Life in a Box is a Pretty Life, which won the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Poetry; DISCIPLINE, A Gathering of Matter / AMatter of Gathering, and three limited edition chapbooks. Her nonfiction can be found in n+1, The NewYorker, Ploughshares, The Believer, and Best American Essays 2019 and 2021. Martin was the firstperson to hold the Toi Derricotte Endowed Chair in English at the University of Pittsburgh where sheco-founded and directed the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics. Currently she is working onmemoir titled When a Person Goes Missing, forthcoming from Pantheon Books. She is Professor andDistinguished Writer in Residence at Bard College. She lives in New York.