Let's Not Live on Earth

Let's Not Live on Earth

Sarah Blake follows up her previous book of poetry, Mr. West, with a stunning second collection about anxieties and injury. Blake uses self-consciousness as a tool for transformation, looking so closely at herself that she moves right through the looking glass and into the larger world. Fear becomes palpable through the classification of monsters and through violences made...

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Title:Let's Not Live on Earth
Author:Sarah Blake
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Let's Not Live on Earth Reviews

  • Gwendolyn

    One of my wishes for 2018 is to read more poetry, and to help with that, I asked for (and received) as a holiday present a year-long subscription to the Rumpus Poetry Book Club, which sends me a new poetry book once a month. Let’s Not Live on Earth was the first selection I received, and I really enjoyed it. There’s a lot in this collection about the conflicting emotions of motherhood as well as about loss and death. The last 1/3 to of the book is a longer poem about escaping (literally) to ano

    One of my wishes for 2018 is to read more poetry, and to help with that, I asked for (and received) as a holiday present a year-long subscription to the Rumpus Poetry Book Club, which sends me a new poetry book once a month. Let’s Not Live on Earth was the first selection I received, and I really enjoyed it. There’s a lot in this collection about the conflicting emotions of motherhood as well as about loss and death. The last 1/3 to ½ of the book is a longer poem about escaping (literally) to another world as Earth dies, and I loved this poem’s examination of how and why we form relationships (hint: sometimes it’s as random as the other person just happens to be your neighbor living through the same hell as you). I put stars next to 3-4 poems in this collection, and that’s a pretty good sign for me that I’ll open this collection again in the future to reread my particular favorites.

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