Today's poem is "The Death of the Oscar Mayer Wiener Girl"
from USA-1000

Southern Illinois University Press

Sass Brown is a recipient of the Ruth Lilly Fellowship in Poetry, a Vermont Studio Center fellowship, and a Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference scholarship, among other honors. She earned her MFA in creative writing from Indiana University. Her poetry has been published in many literary journals, including Hayden’s Ferry Review, Crazyhorse, Black Warrior Review, and Gulf Coast. USA-1000 is her first book.

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Sass Brown's Website.

About USA-1000:

"Brown is a poet of insatiable curiosity, sly wit, and a wry wisdom. She draws no distinction between high culture and what others would call kitsch. Hers is a world where the archaeopteryx commingles with loads of laundry, where Barbies and Hallmark Cards give way to sleaze and more insidious consumerism, and—almost invariably—celebration gives way to elegy. It takes character and craft to describe a world so various and capacious, and Brown has plenty of both. USA-1000 is a scintillating collection by a poet of unusual promise."
—David Wojahn

"Combining humor with pathos, USA-1000 reflects upon lost fathers and fallen idols, ex-lovers and an American commercial landscape that simultaneously exploits, celebrates, and dismisses young women. It’s a whip-smart, timely, even prescient debut, whose liveliness, humor, and readability belie its darkest undercurrents. "
—Paisley Rekdal

"USA-1000 makes an album documenting the mind stream of a woman’s life in a contemporary colonized world. These poems purr with the power of the female vision in a domestic universe."
—Joy Harjo

"Sass Brown’s poems resonate with knowledge and experience, yet they retain an almost childlike desire for all things to have integrity, to be what they promised. Even in the face of great loss, these poems move through life’s vicissitudes with a persistent, energetic willingness to hope."
—Adrienne Su

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