Receipt

Receipt
Receipt
Poetry

Receipt

“Deft and insightful.” —WASHINGTON POST
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In her “resonant and witty” (Washington Post) second collection, Karen Leona Anderson transforms apparently prosaic documents—recipes and receipts—into expressions of human identity. From eighteenth-century cookbooks to the Food Network, the recipe becomes a site for definition and disclosure. In these poems, the pie is a cultural artifact and Betty Crocker, icon of domesticity, looms large. And like a theatrical script, the recipe directs action and conjures characters: Grace Kelly at a party. Shoppers at a postapocalyptic mall. From the little black dress ($49.99 at Nordstrom) to an epidural ($25.00 co-pay), Anderson reveals life in the twenty-first century to be equally hampered and enabled by expenditures. Amidst personal and domestic economies, wildness proliferates—bats, deer, ocelots, and fungus—reminding the reader that not all can be assimilated, eaten, or spent.

Receipt is like the lovechild of Anne Sexton and Adam Smith, illuminating the ways in which our lives are both constrained by pieces of paper, and able to slip through the crevices of cultural detritus down to the rich current of animal feeling beneath.

ISBN:
978-1-57131-472-7
Publish Date: 
04/12/2016
Pages: 
88
Size: 
5.5 × 8.5 × 0.2 in
Weight: 
4.3 oz
Author
Karen Leona Anderson

Karen Leona Anderson is the author of Receipt and a previous collection, Punish honey. She received a PhD from Cornell University with a dissertation on poetry and science. She is an associate professor of English at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

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