The Oracle of Hollywood Boulevard by Dana Goodyear

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Poems about sex, marriage, and the desire for a child from a “scary-cool and edgy-smart” poet (J. D. McClatchy).

The frank, raw lyrics of Dana Goodyear’s second collection draw on the scenery of Los Angeles—the teenagers, vagrants, pornographers—and the beautiful decay that serves as an insistent reminder to them all. The poems are unsparing but tender, candid but sly, and open to the force of nature on an individual human life.

from “Wildfire”

We want this.

The end to sleeping, the bittersweet

arousal, the peeling back, the soft bath

in resin, the release. It can’t come quick

enough, the hot touch that breaks the crust

and lets us go. Hear it now: a crackling,

as the woods begin to sing alongside the birds.


About Dana Goodyear

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Dana Goodyear's poetry has appeared in several journals, including the Paris Review and The New Yorker, where she is a staff writer. She lives in Los Angeles, California.
Published January 7, 2013 by W. W. Norton & Company. 80 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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