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Often, the fact of being an individual can seem wildly at odds with the experience of containing multitudes. In Luxury, Blue Lace, S. Brook Corfman takes the reader through this complicated experience of selfhood and its multitudes, exploring the many overlapping identities a single person can contain. Corfman’s poems conjure a host of identities and selves both living and dead, gesturing towards the complex way memory and loss can inhabit us. Formed by experience, history, and the strictures of gender, the poems dwell on the challenges of fully knowing and understanding the diverse parts of a subject. While they seek out a full form for the individual, they also relish the complex multiplicity of the identities that arise through self-exploration and self-knowledge. Luxury, Blue Lace was the winner of the Autumn House Rising Writer Prize in 2018.
About the Author
S. Brook Corfman is a poet living in Pittsburgh.
"Relying on abstraction and the unspoken, Corfman shapes a story of unique gender experience and transformation in this extraordinary debut. . . .Corfman writes from carefully detailed liminal spaces, producing a work of rare beauty and thoughtfulness."
— Publishers Weekly Starred Review
"The poems come to us from a common base — discovering who we are — lifting the layers. This poet has mastered the craft; that means dressing up the world in the right clothes."
— Washington Independent Review of Books