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Leigh Stein's Dispatch from the Future Reviewed at Publisher's Weekly

By Harriet Staff

Leigh Stein's new book Dispatch from the Future (Melville House) is almost out, and just received a review from Publisher's Weekly, which continues to write about poetry in the Fiction Review section....Anyhow, congrats to Leigh and here's an excerpt:

In the wake of an impressive debut novel, Stein (The Fallback Plan) delivers an equally adroit first poetry collection; a mix both giddy and anguished that incorporates elements from fairy tale, pop-culture, ancient myth, and choose-your-own-adventure books. These poems swing between the dull throb of disappointment and what she calls "hope's stubborn blindness." Throughout Stein portrays the tenuousness of this cultural moment, a perpetual disorientation: "Is one of the symptoms a feeling / like you've been here before? I have not / been to a place yet that was not somehow familiar." Two poems entitled "Revisionism" go a step further, highlighting the malleability of memory and how it's mutated to fit present psychic purposes. Stein's poems often contain brief, narrative episodes reported at the breathless speed of an excitable child, as in "Universalism" where we read, "One time I told this to a friend, but all she said / was, Is that the end of the story? Was that even a story?"

Read the full review. Photo courtesy NY Daily News.

Originally Published: July 24th, 2012