The Uses of the Body

Copper Canyon. Apr. 2015. 80p. ISBN 9781556594816. pap. $16. POETRY
OrangeReviewStarAs freshly immediate as ever, award-winning poet Landau (The Last Usable Chair) reveals that "the uses of the body are manifold," moving in four sections with a roughly chronological feel from wedding parties to flabby bodies around the pool to the realization "But we already did everything"—all with an underlying sense of urgency: "Life please explain." As Landau explores her physical self and her sexuality, she's tart, witty, fluid, direct, and brutally honest, and her work can be appreciated by any reader.
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