Terrible Blooms by Melissa Stein

Terrible Blooms

In this lush, disturbing second collection from APR/Honickman Prize winner Melissa Stein, exquisite images are salvaged from harm and survival. Set against the natural world's violence―both ordinary and sublime―pain shines jewel-like out of these poems, illuminating what lovers and families conceal. Stein uses her gifts for persona and lyric richness to build worlds that are vivid, intricate, tough, sexy, and raw: "over and over // life slapp...

Details Terrible Blooms

TitleTerrible Blooms
Release DateApr 17th, 2018
PublisherCopper Canyon Press

Reviews Terrible Blooms

  • Chris Roberts
    Poetry is not supposed to make sense, the mind implodes, reloads, buffaloes fly in the eye, shattered, scattered, the brain once mattered, sound is sight, your glance is a dance, insatiable thirst, one-third first,die is why we live.I have twisted artand sculpted love away from the heart.The earth is flat and we're all going to die.A tin can has a more profound, cosmic view than any poet (except me). Chris Roberts, God of Tuesday
  • Lyra
    4 1/2 stars. Tight, clean, and urgent. Stein captures the grief of living--all of life's fat beauty--and the despair that rides alongside it--knowing it's a mindfuck short ride, never long enough, that you're always going to die. Especially touched by the Quarry poems.
  • Julia Cirignano
    Thank you to Copper Canyon Press for gifting me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.Reading Terrible Blooms by Melissa Stein feelings like reading a diary. It’s not perfect, but once I picked up this book, I couldn’t put it down. Stein’s poetry feels like a natural flow of thoughts; one idea blending into another, creating one fantastic phenomena. This is especially evident in “Seven Minutes in Heaven”.I have many other...
  • Kathleen
    I never know how to rate poetry collections because I still don’t ever get it. Just gonna keep reading until some poet out there clicks with me. This had a handful of poems I appreciated. Lots of visceral imagery which I dig, but I still like poems to make sense and maybe I’m not too bright but I always seem to be missing the point 🤷🏽♀ I never know how to rate poetry collections because I still don’t ever get it. Just gonna keep r...
  • Jeff
    Another beautiful collection of poems from Stein. Her Rough Honey and Terrible Blooms are two books of poetry full of complex relationships, wise contemplation, and sharp wordplay.Third collection: Sandpaperish Sugar?