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Honey and Junk



Dana Goodyear (Author)

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A wry and dark debut of sharply compressed lyrics by a precocious new voice in poetry.

These powerful poems are like wrecked pastorals whose narrator seeks temporary pleasure in wit, form, rhyme, or the borrowed weekend house. Inching toward consolation in the face of sudden loss, the poet examines the reconfigured world. The elegies are like conversations overheard or recounted dreams: full of portent and mystery.


“Despite Goodyear’s gift for wordplay, she is at base not a poet of revenge but one of loss and love—of sentiment frozen by insight. . . . Honey and Junk packs a terrific punch.” — New York Times

“With talent this apparent, the heart will always have room for more from [Goodyear].” — St. Louis Today

“Haunted, ruthless, tender—scary-cool and edgy-smart. . . . The most breathtaking debut in years!” — J. D. McClatchy

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