Today's poem is "Dancing In My Room Alone"
from Human Dark With Sugar

Copper Canyon Press

Brenda Shaughnessy is the author of Interior with Sudden Joy. Her poems have been published in Bomb, Conjunctions, McSweeney's, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and elsewhere. She is the poetry editor of Tin House magazine and has taught poetry at many institutions, including Eugene Lang College and Princeton University. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son.

Other poems by Brenda Shaughnessy in Verse Daily:
March 28, 2008:   "Magic Turns to Math and Back" "If time were tellable, we wouldn't keep asking...."

Books by Brenda Shaughnessy: Human Dark with Sugar, Interior with Sudden Joy

Other poems on the web by Brenda Shaughnessy:
Three poems
Four poems
"Me in Paradise"
Two poems

About Human Dark With Sugar:

"[I admire] the agility and surprise of the book’s verbal sleights of hand and the immediacy of its address, its braiding of an existential dark with the ‘sugar’ of eros."
—Peter Gizzi

"Human Dark with Sugar is both wonderfully inventive (studded with the strangenesses of ‘snownovas’ and ‘flukeprints’) and emotionally precise. Her ‘I’ is madly multidexterous—urgent, comic, mischievous—and the result is a new topography of the debates between heart and head."
—Matthea Harvey

"In Human Dark with Sugar the speaker’s voice brims with verve, rueful good humor, and self-knowledge: ‘To be wise is simply to be understood, even missed."
—Caroline Knox

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